• Sep,25, 2022

Yoga for Mental Health

Yoga for Mental Health

How important is your mental health? Do you know how to take care of it? Mental health can be a tricky thing. It's not easy to maintain, and even harder when you don't have any support. Yoga is one way that many people find relief from their stress. If you're interested in learning more about the benefits of yoga for mental health, then this post is for you.

Yoga for Mental Health: How Yoga Helps with Mental Health Issues 

Yoga helps boost your mood 

Studies show that yoga can help to boost your mood. For example, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a  study that suggested yoga helped to reduce symptoms associated with depression. By reducing depression, your mood improves and so does your mental health. 

It helps improve your focus and concentration 

In addition to reducing depression, yoga can also help to improve your focus and concentration. Focus and concentration play a key role in mental health issues and having those two at high levels can greatly improve your mental health. 

Yoga helps reduce anxiety and stress 

Yoga helps increase the levels of serotonin in your body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to reduce the levels of anxiety and stress. Recent  research published by the International Journal of Preventative Medicine found that yoga can reduce the levels of anxiety and stress. 

Yoga helps to increase your self-esteem 

There are many reasons why yoga is beneficial for mental health, but it's also important to know that practicing yoga increases your self-esteem as well. When we feel good about ourselves we're more likely to take care of our mental health. 

It improves sleep quality 

Mental health can be greatly affected by how much sleep you have and the quality of that sleep. While this may seem like a stretch, yoga can help improve sleep quality. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that showed how participants who practiced yoga increased their time spent sleeping by almost an hour each day. 

It reduces cortisol levels 

Cortisol is the hormone that's responsible for increased stress levels. When cortisol is high, it can be difficult to maintain a good mental health state. Yoga has been shown to help reduce cortisol levels, thus helping to reduce stress and improve your mental health. 

It improves the production of endorphins 

Endorphins are hormones that are responsible for the "runner's high" and are also known to be helpful in reducing pain. Yoga has been shown to help increase the production of endorphins, which can improve your mental health state. 

There is a lot of research that supports how yoga helps with mental health issues. If you're looking for an alternate form of treatment, or just want to boost your mood, then yoga may be the right choice for you. Don't forget to consult with your doctor before starting any new type of exercise routine. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments section. We'd love to help! 

Sarah Williams

Hot Yoga Instructor