Benefits of Yoga in Mental Wellness
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What is Yoga and How Does it Work?
Yoga is an ancient practice that involves breathing exercises and poses that center the mind, body, and spirit. Practicing yoga also offers numerous benefits for physical and emotional well-being. Yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Since then, the practice has spread across the world and evolved into the modern exercise we see today, which focuses on breathing and holding specific poses and postures.1 Read on to learn more about the benefits of yoga.
Types of Yoga
- Vinyasa, which involves a steady flow of different posest
- Hatha, which tends to be slower-paced
- Ashtanga, which features poses in a specific order
- Kundalini, which involves chanting
- Yin, which is more focused on stretching
What are the Health Benefits of Yoga?
Physical Benefits of Yoga
- Relief from back pain
- Less joint pain
- Improved flexibility
- Increased strength
- Improved balance and mobility
Mental Health Benefits of Yoga
- Decreased depression
- Release of feel-good chemicals in the brain
- Reduced stress
- Decreased anxiety
- Improved sleep
- Promotion of other healthy habits
How Does Yoga Affect Mental Health?
Regulates Your Nervous System Response
Yoga Helps with Stress Relief and Reduces Anxiety
Yoga for Depression
Yoga is a way to naturally increase serotonin, which is known as the “feel good” chemical. This helps to improve depression because research indicates low serotonin levels may contribute to depression.
How can Yoga Help Burnout?
Because yoga focuses on tuning into the present moment, it can help to reduce feelings of stress and burnout. Studies also show that yoga can decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, which contribute to burnout. Additionally, the exhaustion that comes along with burnout can be alleviated by a yoga practice.
How Does Yoga Compare with Other Forms of Exercise?
Yoga vs. Exercise
Yoga Improves the Quality of Life
Better Sleep Cycle
Long-Term Health Benefits
What Does Research Show About the Benefits of Yoga?
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- 4 https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-physical-benefits-of-yoga
- 5 https://www.webmd.com/balance/benefits-of-yoga-for-mental-health
- 6 https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness/yoga-for-stress#the-science
- 7 https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/what-yoga-does-your-brain-ncna794531
- 8 https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/8753-201512048753#:~:text=A%20national%20survey%20found%20that,longer%20and%20continue%20to%20breathe
- 9 https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/exercise-help-addiction-recovery