Yoga and Mental Health

One thing that has been on my mind a lot recently has been the topic of mental health. This past year has been a little EXTRA difficult with the unique set of trials and challenges we all had to face–including the pandemic along with a the flood of other challenges that continue to come at us at us in various shapes an sizes.

With all of these things at the forefront of our minds, it makes sense why mental health and self care might make its way to the backburner for a bit. Although tempting to put every other type of health first, we need to be sure we are taking time to incorporate daily practices that will uplift our spirits and help us to lift the load that each day might bring.

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One area that I would like to focus on today is yoga. There are MANY different types of yoga; the one I am referring to places a special priority on mental health. Because the main focus of yoga is to connect the mind and the body, this can be a great exercise to strengthen awareness and mindfulness. This type of mindfulness exercise can pave the way in leaps and bounds in terms of mental health and wellness.

A site called, “Back Pocket Yoga” talks about this concept when it says:

“Just like any other organ, your brain is part of your body. You can’t move, act, or think without affecting your mind in some way, because they are connected. Sometimes our mind unconsciously creates unhealthy thinking patterns. Yoga helps bring awareness to your patterns, then uses your body to move through. It asks you to question what your body has been trying to tell you, but you’ve been too distracted to notice. When we quiet our minds and move with intention, we can get back into our bodies and use movement to move past mental roadblocks.”

If you’re looking to get back into yoga, or even to try yoga for the first time, this site has many different videos that you can follow along with. They are even specific to different struggles of feelings you have been working through lately. Some examples are anxiety, anger, obsessive thoughts, shame/self-worth, control/acceptance, and trauma/safety. To check out some of these categories, click here. You do have to pay for some of the classes, but there are free ones available as well that you can follow along from at home.

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Another great resource for yoga follow along videos is Youtube. With countless videos to choose from, it’s very likely that you find at least one type of yoga/yoga instructor that you like! Attached is one below that gives a full body stretch for flexibility! Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

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