What are the physical benefits of yoga? And how can it perk your mental health?
Practicing yoga for the past 15 years, I have noticed my balance, stamina, and gracefulness improve. Yoga has been a staple of the positive way I feel about my body. The added benefit? It is a practice of patience that calms my hyperactive brain. Let’s investigate the ways yoga supports a healthy MIND.BODY&SPIRIT. Namaste.
What can yoga do for your physical health?
My love for yoga began with the added stretching to my sports routines — lacrosse and running. Flexibility made it great for joint pain, and the poses were new to me and fun to practice.
Physical benefits include:
What does yoga do for your mind?
The amazing thing about yoga is that it is a practice of mindfulness. Meditation can be incorporated into the practice, calming the brain and focusing on the activity at hand. When I amaze myself with what my body can do for me during yoga, I gain positive body image.
Mental health benefits include:
- stress relief
- positive body image
- focus and attention
- chronic pain
- decreased anxiety
- improved mood
What does yoga do for you spiritually?
Whether you are religious or atheist, yoga can be a spiritual experience. Becoming one with your breath, your center, and grounding technique may bring a sense of spiritual awakening within oneself.
I find that yoga sets up my day and night for better connectivity to my thoughts, and it helps me believe in the good of the world. I am closer to my soul, as it heals while I practice.
There are many different types of yoga, and they can benefit all ages and body types. I highly recommend it for the above reasons of physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Do you want to give yoga a try? Check out your local studio, or download an app or video to get started. And I truly believe you will NAMA.STAY with it.
For more on yoga health benefits, check out this article from Harvard Health.
Yoga is not about touching your toes, it is what you learn on the way down. – Jigar Gor.