Mental benefits of Yoga
by Healthy Homestead Team
3 weeks ago
Yoga has been around since forever. It was popularized in the Western world in the 1970s. And it has gone a long way since then. Nowadays, you can find a yoga studio in almost every city, and even smaller villages. Deep breathing, yoga, meditation, all of these help you calm your body and soul. What exactly are the mental benefits of yoga?
How can holding a physical pose, relax your mind, tone your body, and calm your soul? Well, it is all about the benefits of yoga. We can say that yoga improves your quality of life, as we learn to note differences between tense and calm body processes. With that in mind, here are the mental benefits of yoga.
Fight off depression
Yoga helps you move from sympathetic nervous system to parasympathetic nervous system. In other words, you go from flight-or-flight to rest and digest. That results in less anxiety, stress, and eventually, less depression.
Practicing yoga can improve your personal scores of depression and well-being. Reduction of stress is one of the main benefits of yoga, and it vastly improves the quality of your life.
Yoga for anxiety
While yoga is not a cure-all technique, it can help you fight off anxiety. We mentioned previously how yoga reduces the feeling of stress. Anxiety and stress can take a mental and physical toll on your body. Frustration, nervousness, worry, and other emotions can spike your blood pressure, sugar levels, and cause health issues.
Practicing yoga will calm and relax you, and reduce anxiety eventually.
Practicing yoga can help you get to know yourself, and cultivate a more nonjudgmental relationship with yourself. Basically, by doing yoga, you are building your self-trust and self-esteem. You reach new goals on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. And your feeling that you can achieve something only grows with time.
And more importantly, yoga gives you your “me time”. At the end of the day, you have to love yourself first, and others second.
Yoga can calm your mind and body before going to sleep. Long-term, it will help you balance mood disorders. One hour session, three times per week, is more than enough to forget all about insomnia and mood disorders.
Improve romantic relationship
You might think it is counterproductive, but by becoming more aware about yourself, more centered, and more peaceful with yourself, you can be the same with your partner. You will view your partner through the same lens of compassionate and unconditional love. Yoga will calm you, and make you less reactive. Practicing yoga will definitely eliminate those impulsive moments and snapping at your partner.
Improve brain function
Each yoga pose can help you improve brain function. Certain yoga techniques even specifically target the brain, and stimulate the brain and the nervous system. Just 20 minutes per day will be enough to boost your brain power. Want to use more than the commonly thought 10% of our brain? Practice yoga!