Meditation Monday: Yoga for Mental Health

It is a well known fact that exercise is beneficial for stress relief, anxiety and  depression, but yoga is one of the best. Yoga combines strength and flexibility exercises with meditation and relaxation…a winning combination if you’re fighting depression or anxiety.

5 Reasons to use Yoga for Mental Health (1)

  1. Yoga slows down breathing and heart rates, which lowers blood pressure
  2. It has been proven that yoga helps to boost GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which slows down brain activity, enabling you to relax. A one-hour session can increase GABA by 27% (1).
  3. Research indicates that regular use of yoga can lead to improved mood, reduced anxiety and anger reduction in people suffering from depression (1).  One study found that one 12 minute yoga session daily, for 8 weeks, can reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a known risk factor for depression (1).
  4. Yoga raises the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). This is a type of protein that stimulates the development of new brain cells. (1)
  5. Yoga can improve memory and concentration. Doing just one 20 minute Hatha yoga session was shown to improve memory better than any other form of exercise.

This video  discusses the science behind why yoga helps improve conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress and PTSD.

From: Live Sonima

Understanding How Yoga

Can Help Depression,

Anxiety & PTSD

Have I peaked your interest? If you are interested in using yoga to help with your depression, anxiety or stress, I have found 3 different routines for you. Each routine is approximately 30 minutes long. I personally find this to be the perfect length. Choose the video, instructor and routine that best fits you. Enjoy!

From: Psyche Truth

Beginners Yoga for

Depression, Stress,

the Blues

&

Anxiety Relief

Anxiety & Panic Attacks,

Deep Relaxation, Sleep,

Stress Relief, ASMR

From: Fightmaster Yoga

Yoga for Depression

I practice yoga as often as time allows in my life. (So not as often as I would like. 😦 ) I hope this article helps you understand how yoga can help with your depression, anxiety, or stress. It was my desire , through this article, to introduce you to yoga as a tool to help you combat the issues you face daily.

Let us stop for a moment to pray and meditate.

SOURCE:

  1. https://bebrainfit.com/mental-health-benefits-yoga/
  2. http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression

Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

26 thoughts on “Meditation Monday: Yoga for Mental Health

  1. Love be this! Thank you, I have had a bit of a break from yoga recently but it does really help me switch off. Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. Sat Nam, ❤ Hi Tamara! Im glad that you raise awareness to show those that are struggeling with mental health that Yoga is an alternative way to go 🙂 I have anxiety and depression, but beeing introduced to Yoga I will never look back again to find a better solution for my inner journey. I write a lot about mental health issues also, in relation to Yoga as Im enrolled in a Teacher Training program to become a certified Yoga Teacher by the end of 2018 🙂

    Blessings and much,

    Loving-Kindness, Metta Yoga

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      1. Thank you, Yes I believe people need to find more relaxation techniques. Yoga is a wonderful alternative ❤ I hope you have a wonderful day 🙂

        Loving-kindness,
        Metta Yoga

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  3. i found your blog is very informative you have explained everything very well. thank you for showing your attention towards yoga and meditation. yoga and meditation is the way to live spiritual life. Every human being possesses Cosmic energy and has potential to achieve Herculean task in every phase of his/her life. Yoga is a natural way to awake all our suppressed energies and go for big transformation in life.. Visit our website blog to read more about yoga and meditation hope you like it https://www.spirityoga.org/blog/

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