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Yoga and Mental Health

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The importance of your physical health may often be placed above your mental health, and this is can be true in many different settings and scenarios. This is a damaging attitude that is sadly quite prevalent in our society today!

Taking the time to care for yourself in emotional and spiritual ways can often be of equal or greater benefit to your life then that gym session that you always prioritise! 

How Can Yoga Help?

One of the many great things about practicing yoga is that doing so can boost both your physical and mental health, strengthening the body whilst also soothing the mind.

With a regular yoga practice, especially one that incorporates aspects of meditation, you will soon notice that you are better equipped to heal yourself emotionally and to enhance your self-esteem and confidence.

Alleviating Anxiety

One of the most exciting ways that yoga can boost your mental health is by helping to alleviate anxiety. When you practice yoga regularly then you will begin to notice that you are in a more relaxed state during your day to day activities. This will make you less prone to anxiety, and will also enable you to deal with it better in the moments when it does present itself.

The anxiety alleviating qualities of yoga are largely concerned with the breathing techniques that you will engage with during each yoga session. These breathing techniques are lessons that you can take with you into the rest of your every day life in order to enhance feelings of peace and calm. 

Love Yourself

Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship that you will ever be a part of. When you embrace yoga as a regular feature in your life, you will naturally pay greater attention to this relationship, and begin to address any issues that may be present or consistent.

As yoga goes hand in hand with healthy eating and additional exercise and relaxation practices, you will also naturally begin to place a greater emphasis on treating your body with more love and respect. This can lead to wonderful things, both for your physical health and your mental health.

Become Aware of Yourself

During a relaxing yoga practice you will be guided through the process of becoming more aware of your physical presence. This can quickly help you to recognise areas of tension where energy may be blocked in your body.

Only when you are aware of this can you truly work to resolve it and allow the flow of energy through your body to improve. As well as benefiting your emotional well-being, this can also help your body to function better, thereby improving your physical health.

Defeat Stress and Anxiety

Taking positive steps to defeat your stress and anxiety is a great way to protect your mental health, which in turn can help to protect against stress-related ill health conditions. In order to help you build upon this concept I would like to share with you my top ten tried and tested tips for keeping stress and anxiety away!

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  1. I love the body-mind connection and awareness I feel when practising yoga, it definitely helps me a lot with bipolar disorder in both mood states – calming a restless, over-excited mind in hypomania and releasing physical and emotional tension when deeply depressed. This post is spot on! 🙂

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