mental health

Yoga and it’s benefits for mental health

Yoga is sometimes overlooked or not considered as a tool to help with the symptoms of mental health conditions.

 

In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.

Yoga is one of the oldest forms of exercise, originating in ancient India.  Although there tends to be a negative stigma that follows yoga and its Hindu roots, it can be a fantastic way to stretch and de-stress your body. There has been evidence to suggest that yoga is a potent anti-depressant that matches with drugs.

Child’s pose, Warrior One, Triangle Pose and Downward Dog. One may experience these positions while going through the motions in a yoga session.

But what are the benefits of yoga?

  • Yoga improves joint and muscular flexibility, which is imperative for the body’s overall health. Enhanced joint and muscle suppleness translates to greater range of motion, which in turn, decreases the chance of an overuse injury.
  • It increases endurance, strength, and flexibility.
  • Yoga teaches deep, mindful breathing, self-awareness, meditation and connecting with our bodies, all of which are helpful tools for promoting mental/emotional well-being.
  • Mental endurance and physical stamina are tested through holding postures for extended breaths.
  • No matter what ails your aching body, or if you just want to take your fitness to a higher level, power yoga’s ability to build muscle has an undeniable effect on the total body.

 

How to get started with yoga ?

  • If you have a few niggles; prior to commencing yoga double check with your Accredited Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist.
  • Find a studio that suits you! Trial a few studios/teachers before committing to a studio as different teachers have different styles.
  • Find a yoga style that suits you; whether it be Flow, Ashtanga, Yin or Bikram.