What is Yoga?
- Yoga originated in ancient India as a practice that trains and cultivates harmony in the body, mind,
and spirit. Yoga combines physical postures, breath control, and meditation. It has functioned well
for stress reduction, self-soothing, increasing strength and flexibility, and even socializing. The
practice of yoga has grown in popularity over recent decades as a form of exercise, mindfulness, and
even treatment for anxiety and depression. Yoga can vary from a gentle, relaxing flow to a
strenuous, sweat-inducing workout.
Benefits of Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
The practice of regular yoga has positive benefits on mental health.
* Cultivate physical and mental self-awareness
* Learn ways to ease and deal with chronic pain
* Practice determination in the face of obstacles
* Develop self-confidenceLearn relaxation techniques
* Learn techniques to regulate emotions
* Develop contentment and find meaning in your trials through meditation and mindfulness
* Cultivate cognitive flexibility
* Learn how to face fears
* Find an internal focus of control
* Connect with your higher power, yourself, and others as you gain a sense of wholeness
* Learn ways to let go of obsessive thinking and repetitive thoughts**
Natural Anxiety Relief
Yoga interprets anxiety and depression as “dukkah”, or obstructed space. The practice of yoga allows
the participator to clear mental and physical obstruction that can contribute to mental illness,
anxiety, and depression.* It aids in rebuilding resilience in the face of life’s inevitable difficulties and
Yoga appears to adjust stress response by reducing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and
easing respiration. It strengthens the body and mind’s ability to respond to stress with more
resilience**. To better control symptoms, patients with anxiety and depression find yoga very
appealing and effective. Science also demonstrates that mental and physical health work hand in
hand and are inherently parallel.