“Good health results from perfect communication between each part of the body and mind.” – BKS Iyengar
How would you know if your mind is of good health?
Previously, we’ve talked about the benefits of Yoga that mainly affects the physical body. To read more about the physical health benefits on the first part of this 3-Parts blog click here.
Yoga practice has many benefits for your mental health. Yoga postures quiet the mind by bringing in the concentration in the body with the aid of breathing techniques. A prolonged state in poses becomes moving meditation connecting the mind through a slow and focused thinking. It relieves stress, increases concentration and attention, and calms the nervous system.
On this blog we’ll tackle one by one the benefits of Yoga practice for Mental health specifically on topics like anxiety, stress, pain, and emotional management.
Yoga Practice Mental Health Benefits For STRESS MANAGEMENT.
A lot of complications and illnesses started with stress. Stress is how the brain and body respond to pressure or challenge. We get stress in our work, family, traffic, or traumatic events.
Though not all stress is bad, it does affect everyone. Stress, when not managed properly, can lead to serious disorders like anxiety or depression.
There are many ways to manage stress. When you Google it, you will find a lot of articles and blogs on how to deal and up cope with it.
Yoga works like a self-soothing technique in managing stress by calming the pressured mind. Yoga uses a unified movement of the body and breathing, which will make you relax. When the endless stream of thoughts are intentionally set aside through Yoga posture you’ll be able to see the bigger picture and make a better decision.
Yoga Practice for Mental Health: Benefits in ANXIETY MANAGEMENT.
Anxiety is the feeling of fear and worry. It becomes a disorder when it involves extreme worrying or fear that affects and interferes with your daily activities.
Anxiety occasionally goes down to depression. It’s the condition of a person feeling sad, discouraged, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life for a long period of time that it also affects and interferes with daily activities.
The increasing awareness of our body achieved in a regular Yoga practice fosters and enriches a healthy relationship with yourself and how you talk with yourself. Yoga will teach you how you can have control over your feelings, thoughts, and emotions.
As you develop your personal flow, you get to know who you really are. You embrace a nonjudgmental relationship with yourself. You build confidence with your mind and shy away self-doubt. You feel grounded and courageous to try stepping out of your comfort zone. You will not be afraid to deal with difficult conversations anymore knowing it will come to pass and you’ll be okay after.
Yoga Practice for Mental Health: Benefits in EMOTIONAL HEALTH.
Emotionally healthy means being able to interact with surrounding people, whether in time of stress or in peace.
When a person is diagnosed with a chronic disease it affects, not only their physical health, but emotional health as well. Cases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke are just a few to mention. It changes their way of living, causes lots of stress, pain, anxiety, depression, and limits social interaction.
According to one research*, diagnose people who are Yoga practitioners live with an improved quality of life, improve overall fitness, resistance to fatigue, improvement in energy, and enjoy better health in general terms. The increased awareness practice in Yoga puts a focus on internal body parts, helping to recognize and deal with changes in postures and muscle tensions. Yoga is a big help to reduce stress, control body weight, and normalize blood pressure.
Yoga may not help to treat the symptoms but coming on your mat helps to cope up with the situation, manage your emotion, clearer mindset, better control on endless thoughts, less of overthinking, practice self-care, and happiness in silver lining.
Yoga Practice for Mental Health: Benefits in PAIN MANAGEMENT.
Suffering and pain is just another story.
Chronic pain is caused by some damage to a certain part of the body. It could also be pain out of memories.
Your history of physical injury or illness has roots and when sustained it remain in your thoughts, trigger emotions, and mix with expectations as initial trauma. So even if the pain no longer exists or perhaps already minimized, the memory of pain lingers.
Yoga uses the memories of the body and mind to help you get a different experience in the present. In Yoga, you will unfold emotions while unthinking of the same thoughts and experience the same pain while unlearning the pain. Yoga will help you practice positive change.
Restorative or gentle poses combined with breathing techniques are practices to make you relax. A relaxed state of mind and body rebuild the stored memory and teach how to shift stress response from suffering and pain to letting go. Simple relaxation Yoga poses can help you find the end of your suffering and pain. For consistent relaxation enables the body to be open for repair and growth.
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