Yoga is well known for its benefits on both physical and mental health. While its benefits on physical health are more famous for its benefits on mental are certainly equally important and an inevitable outcome of yoga. Yoga helps the individual to concentrate on his/her body and mind through controlling their breath. This helps the individual with day to day stress and tension.
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 concentration power. Every asana requires a certain amount of precision, patience and concentration but with practice it becomes easy. And if you transfer this patience and concentration to your day to day life it helps you to deal with negative emotions.
LONG TERM BENEFITS OF YOGA ON MENTAL HEALTH
- Yoga helps you improve your quality of life since it helps you to become self-aware and helps you to remain calm and compassionate in stressful situations.
- Increased concentration will help you achieve your goals, giving you a sense of satisfaction and boosts your self-confidence.
- Keeping calm in difficult situations gives you the time to think before reacting, this way you make a wise choice instead of a hurried one which often people regret later.
- Various asanas of yoga are designed in a way which helps you balance your physical and mental self. This helps you become aware and familiar with your surroundings which in turn helps you to adjust accordingly in your surroundings.
- Yoga increases your memory as well; participants are asked to focus on a point and practice concentration this can help you to 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 but it has proven to help people with such disorders immensely.
- Yoga helps to eliminate negative emotions and doing yoga regularly helps you with perceived stress, depression, anxiety, mood swings etc.
- Yoga also improves sleep quality, since some of the asanas relaxes 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. You should do as much yoga as possible in order to reap its benefits to the fullest.
Some ways in which yoga helps us to achieve mental balance are
- It removes you from the state of frenzied 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 to fight anxiety and depression
- It improves your self-confidence and helps you build a sense of self. Meditating opens up the inner avenues and helps you to communicate with your own self this makes a person more self-aware and helps to come to terms with one’s true self.
- 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 increases 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 to your physical as well as mental health. It’s has so many benefits that it should be made compulsory for everyone especially those who suffer from any mental disorder. It relaxes you and leads to a better livelihood. 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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