Using Yoga in my personal life to help deal with anxiety and an eating disorder, I knew the benefits this practice can have on someones life.
With recent additional training exploring specific techniques to help deal with Anxiety, Stress, Depression and PTSD, evidence suggests this can help a physical transformation of the brain and I feel is a non-pharmaceutical avenue worth exploring.
Yoga offers a combined strategy to aid in dealing with mental health.
-Through physical movement, adapted to you as an individual.
-The other strategy offers mindfulness techniques and meditation.
Yoga is very versatile and can be adapted to all. I am fully aware that what can be strenuous to one individual may not be to the next and vice versa.
Breathing exercises may not work well for some and meditation may be impossible for others to start with.
This is why I have undertaken many hours of training and very recently specific training with the Minded Institute in London in ‘Yoga for Mental Health’, to aid during and after COVID-19.
So what does it actually do?
Yoga helps regulate our autonomic nervous system though breathing, body awareness, movement and relaxation. This is responsible for functions such as Blood pressure, heart rate and digestion.
During stress, one part of this system is aroused. Fight or Flight. A very important part of our function that ancestors would use for survival, however not so healthy if we are in this state all of the time as it shuts down digestion and other vital functions.
The second part of this system is responsible for Rest & Digest or Tend & Befriend.
The name itself already sounds nicer!
This is our natural living state as humans, however with the stress of life we tend to spend less time in this state than we should.
This I where yoga comes in. Through breathwork, movement and mindfulness we activate this part of our nervous system thus allowing our bodies to function as it should be!
There are also many other changes on the body through activating a big nerve that runs from the tummy to the brain and also renewing brain pathways too.
I am not promising miracles here, nor a quick fix, however if you want to make a change, I feel it's worth a consideration.