Yoga For Mental Health
Yoga, the ultimate strengthening and relaxing tool. I’ve spoken a little about yoga recently, but I really want to take that a step further. Over the years I’ve tried many many many techniques for easing my depression, and nothing has worked better than yoga. Seriously.
Not only has yoga done wonders for my depression and anxiety, but it keeps my body happy and healthy too. I practice yoga every day for my mental health, and I hope it helps you as well.
Why yoga for mental health?
Yoga calms the nervous system
After just one yoga session, you’ll have less anxiety and feel much more relaxed. By practicing yoga, you calm your nervous system by deep intentional breathing and body movement. By directing your attention to your breath and your body, you will ease anxiety and calm the mind.
Yoga takes you from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. In other words, this means that your body goes from “fight or flight” to “rest and recharge”.
Interesting story about one of my recent yoga sessions…
I was at the brink of tears one day and I decided to lay out my yoga mat, and started with my usual cat/cow. I burst into tears because I was so upset about everything, and somehow yoga allowed me to flush it all out. A few minutes later, I stopped crying and was fully engulfed in my yoga.
Yoga took me from tears, to loving myself. Pretty cool right?
Yoga builds self awareness
Practicing yoga allows you to build a strong sense of self. (Not to mention a smokin’ bod’). You can cultivate a nonjudgemental relationship with yourself. Unconsciously you’ll be making better decisions for yourself. For example, you might find yourself making healthier food and body options. This is your mind’s way of telling you that you deserve love, respect and care.
Yoga improves your relationship with yourself, and others
Nothing in this world is more important than the relationship you have with yourself. Every other relationship you have stems from how you treat yourself. When you’re more centered and more loving towards yourself, you’ll be the same with those around you. You’ll recognize that your loved ones deserve just as much love and care as you do.
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