Yoga & Mental Health






So what are the first words you think about when you hear the word Yoga?

I've heard Flexibility, fitness, hot and sweaty, and workout.

How many times have you heard someone say "Mental Health"?

Why is this? Why is mental health not associated with Yoga? It's important in understanding what the practice of yoga does and how it can help with one's mental health.

So how does Yoga help with your mental health?


1. Creates calmness

Yoga creates calmness through the use of breathing techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing which is used commonly in yoga. This breathing helps to take you out of the sympathetic nervous system and moves you into the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest).


2. Creates mental clarity


Yoga strengthens parts of the brain that help to play a role in memory, attention, awareness, thought processes, and language.



3. Increase Body Awareness


Yoga helps to make you aware of your body, awareness of how your body feels, awareness of what your body feels like, and awareness of what feels supportive for your mind & body.


4. Improves Focus


Yoga helps with mental clarity which in turn improves focus. Yoga helps you stay present in the here & now.


5. Relaxes the Mind


Yoga helps you tap into your inner self and it's through your breath that you're able to truly release through the mind & body.


6. Helps to center your attention


Yoga helps you come back to the present moment. It helps you to get rooted and grounded in what is right now. It helps you to come back to this centering and grounding.


7. Relieves chronic stress patterns


Yoga encourages mental and physical relaxation, which helps reduce stress and anxiety.


8. Improves overall mood


Yoga helps to lower stress hormones in our bodies while simultaneously increasing what we call "Feel Good" chemicals like endorphins and GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). These feel-good chemicals help reduce anxiety and improve overall mood.



Like anything else that you do it is a practice. These are not benefits that happen after doing yoga one time but the overall time you develop a yoga practice it can not only improve your physical health but also your mental health.


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