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)
- Yoga slows down breathing and heart rates, which lowers blood pressure
- 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).
- 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).
- 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)
- 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
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.