To develop strength, awareness, and harmony between the mind and body, the ancient technique of yoga combines positions with breathing and focus. Flexibility, endurance, and vascular health are just a few of the physical advantages yoga offers. However, more and more, we are realising the importance of yoga for our mental health as well.
Yoga promotes mental health through:
• Reducing worry
• Reduction of depression
• Encouraging improved sleep
• Overcoming weariness lowering stress
• Increasing tolerance while sharpening focus
You feel fantastic physically and mentally after doing yoga. Serotonin is a hormone that controls mood, attention, sleep, and pain. Regular yoga practise can increase serotonin intake. Both yoga and meditation increase the body's amounts of tryptophan, which is a building block of serotonin. The practise of yoga as a whole teaches us how to deal with human nature, including how emotions are stored in our bodies and how they affect our actions.
You move from the fight-or-flight mode to the rest and digest mode by switching your sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. Your nerve system calms down when you start to breathe deeply, which slows down the flight-or-fight response's rapidity. Studies have shown that yoga lowers stress and anxiety.
Improves connection with self
Yoga helps you get to know yourself better and develop a nonjudgmental relationship with yourself. By making the effort to practise yoga, your unconscious mind tells you that you are deserving of some "me time," thus there is a better sense of self-care. When you grow self-assured in your physical prowess, it positively influences your self-esteem as well. Additionally, the happy hormones endorphins released during exercise
Yoga for better relationships
According to a study, consistent yoga practise helps you have better social ties. This is because you are more centred and at peace, which makes it possible for you to view other relationships with the same empathy and love. The primary impact on love relationships is that you become less reactive and more engaged in making attempts with your lover.
Improves awareness of oneself
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung used the term "shadow" to refer to those facets of our personalities that we suppress and deny. We all have aspects of ourselves that we don't like or that we believe society won't like, so we push those aspects down into our unconscious psyches for various reasons. Yoga encourages mindfulness, which makes us more aware of our hidden talents, as well as our virtues and flaws.
Yoga releases negative habits
Yoga is more than just doing an asana (position). Numerous studies show how yoga can help people overcome addiction and achieve recovery. Yoga reduces the anxiety and sad feelings that typically drive an addict in recovery to relapse by addressing the HALT triggers (Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired). Yoga can help those who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. It also works for people who are determined to quit smoking.Yoga's meditation practise focuses on the main signs of substance misuse, such as impulsivity, cravings, and a negative response to stress.