These 10 Yoga Poses Can Help Prevent Dead Butt Syndrome

Yes, dead butt syndrome is real, and it can even happen to active people. This sequence will wake up your glutes to create better balance and ease strain on the knees and lower back.


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How Yoga Helped My Mental Health

I was 17, in my senior year of high school, when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I constantly felt a sense of impending doom, a fear of the unknown. I lost my appetite and I couldn’t sleep well. For the next several years, I was on and off medication and in and out of the hospital.

In 2002, after discussing it with my doctor, I went off medication because I wanted to get pregnant. During my pregnancy, I started yoga. Four times a week, I’d roll out my mat and practice with Shiva Rea’s prenatal yoga VHS tapes. When I finished, I felt like a brand-new person, physically and mentally.

Over time, the depression crept back in. My yoga practice fell by the wayside after I gave birth, and I went back on medication. A friend convinced me to try a local “40 Days to Personal Revolution” program.

Class started with 20 minutes of yoga and 5 minutes of meditation and built from there. Within the first week, I started sleeping better. I realized I was less reactive when I meditated.

Eventually, in 2010, I shifted from seeing a psychiatrist to consulting with a clairvoyant. I was at a place where seeing healers helped me accept where I was on my mental health journey. She helped me accept that it was OK to stay on medications if I wasn’t experiencing any negative side effects. She explained to me that it was my mission to demystify depression and anxiety to empower others, and I knew I needed to share my story.

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