How can Yoga help you take care of your mental health?
When you step on your mat and prepare yourself to practice yoga, several things happen almost instantly. Your mind, body, and spirit begin to focus on slowing down, breathing, and taking the time to slowly and purposefully move your body. Not only is there a change in your physical approach, but your mind also gets a moment to process the movements your body is making, to picture different muscle groups stretching, and to release the stresses of the day.
While yoga simply helps us slow down our busy lives for a few minutes, there are also major benefits it can have on your mental health and the pieces that contribute to your mental health.
- Improves Respiration: Yoga requires a lot of focus and intentional movements that rely on breathing. Deep breaths carry more oxygenated blood throughout your body and help lower stress hormones. These breathing techniques are useful outside of yoga, to help you center yourself and slow down for a few minutes.
- Restores Balance: When you feel good within your body, you feel better about yourself. Yoga helps to restore calmness and balance your emotions and thoughts. Taking a moment away from the busyness of life for a yoga workout allows us to re-center, to reflect, and to go forward with a better idea of how we’re feeling.
- Cultivates Empowerment: Yoga requires great concentration and focus, and at the same time it helps to open the parts of the body where tension and stress hide. As you do your yoga workout, your mind begins to calm and your body begins to feel strong and powerful. You can start to see the amazing things your body can do and find empowerment in who you are, inside and out.
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