Yoga is well known for its benefits on both physical and mental health. While its benefits on physical health are more famous, its benefits on mental are certainly equally important. Yoga helps the individual concentrate on his/her body and mind by focusing on and controlling their breath. This helps the individual deal with everyday stress and life problems in a more balanced and clear headed manner.
The poses or the ‘asanas’ are designed in a way that it calms the mind and help you to relax and regulate your emotions. Yoga also teaches you to be patient and increases your power of concentration. Every asana requires a certain amount of precision, patience, and concentration but with consistency and practice, it becomes easier with time and if you transfer this patience and concentration to your day to day life, it helps you to deal with negative emotions in a healthy way.
LONG TERM BENEFITS OF YOGA ON MENTAL HEALTH
- Yoga helps you improve your quality of life since it helps you become more self-aware. It also helps you to remain calm and clear headed in stressful situations.
- Increased concentration will help you achieve your goals, giving you a sense of satisfaction and which consequently will boost your self-confidence.
- Staying calm during difficult situations gives you the time to think before reacting; this way you make a wise choice instead of a hurried one.
- Various asanas of yoga are designed in a way that they help you balance your physical and mental health. This helps you become aware of not only your surroundings but also of your inner self, which in return helps you to function more in sync with it all.
- Yoga increases your memory retention as well; participants are asked to focus on a point and practice concentration. This will help you recall information and perform with more precision on the task at hand.
Even though yoga isn’t the primary go to treatment of mood or stress related disorders, it has proven to help people with such disorders immensely.
- Yoga helps eliminate negative emotions and doing yoga regularly helps you with perceived stress, depression, anxiety, mood swings etc.
- Yoga also improves sleep quality. As some of the asanas relax your central nervous system, it helps you to get a better night’s sleep which is very important for our overall health.
How often should a person do yoga to reap its benefits?
Yoga doesn’t show instant results. It takes a while for the body to get used to its routine and attain flexibility but one can see tangible results in three to four weeks. The more you practice yoga, the better it gets for your mental, physical, and emotional health. You should practice yoga as diligently and regularly as possible in order to reap its benefits to the fullest.
Some ways in which yoga helps us to achieve mental balance are
- It shifts your mind from the frenzied state to a state of calm and composure. It helps you to move from the parasympathetic nervous system to sympathetic nervous system or it moves you from fight or flight mode to rest and digest mode. Stretching with the combination of breathing helps you deal with anxiety and depression in a healthy way in the long run.
- It improves your self-confidence and helps you build a sense of self. Meditating opens up the inner avenues and helps you communicate with your own self. This makes a person more self-aware and helps in coming to terms with one’s true self by inculcating self-acceptance.
- Improves your relationship with others. Since it improves your temper and makes your aware about your surroundings, it makes you more compassionate about others. This improves the quality of relationships you develop with people.
Some asanas which help you improve your mental balance
- Bal asana or child’s pose
It stimulates your nervous system and helps to re energize your body.
- Viparita Karani
It relaxes your central nervous system and your mind as it improves blood circulation in the body.
- Standing forward bend pose for Uttanasana
This is another great pose for improving mental health and treating the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Corpse Pose or Savasana
This pose is usually used to end almost all yoga routines. It’s an excellent pose for meditation. It eases your mind and body.
Yoga is an all-rounder; it does wonders for your physical, emotional as well as mental health. It’s has so many benefits that most doctors recommend it to all of their patients, especially those who suffer from any mental ailment. It relaxes you and helps you lead to a better, more balanced and calm life. Once you start doing yoga, your body craves for those stretches and movements. So, make your body habitual to this beneficial practice and open yourself for a spiritual and introspective journey.
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