Yoga has been used to address a variety of health problems, including mental health.
Yoga for Mental Health
Mental Health is the balance of all aspects of life -
the social, physical, spiritual and emotional. It is the psychological state of well-being.
If this balance is decreased or disrupted by any negative experience,
we may be experiencing Mental Disorders of Anxiety and Depression.
Does yoga help?
There is growing evidence on the efficacy of Yoga in individuals displaying a variety of mental health disorders including anxiety (panic attacs, PTSD, OCD, phobia and generalised anxiety)
Yoga helps to develop a stronger state of mind, thus overcoming fears and preventing the dangers of anxiety.
In dealing with anxiety and depression, one should consider:
Practicing specific Asanas (postures) to maintain a healthy circulatory and nervous system,
Pranayama to gain better self-awareness and acquire a more peaceful state of mind, regulate metabolism, oxygenate the brain,
Pranayama & cleansing techniques to Detoxify physically and emotionally
Good diet to balance the brain 's chemestry and moods
Meditation for stronger concentration and focus of the mind that can eventually lead one away from fears and 'circular thinking'.
Asanas reach deep into the yogi’s body, massaging important internal glands and organs. Asanas help cleanse and maintain the nervous and circulatory systems, which automatically result in a healthier body and mind. Breathing Exercises or Pranayama can also help in keeping a person healthy by supplying a fixed amount of oxygen to the muscles ,internal organs and brain. Although yoga shouldn't be the primary or soley method employed to restore balance in the mind, more and more evidence is now available about the positive effects of yoga techniques and a mindful attitude to life for individuals presenting a variety of mental imbalances.
Yoga is cost-effective and practised regularly under supervision of an experienced trained teacher, which is highly advisable, has no side effects
"To achieve that state of lasting happiness and absolute peace, we must first know how to calm the mind, to concentrate and go beyond the mind. By turning the mind's concentration inward, upon the self, we can deepen that experience of perfect concentration. This is the state of Meditation."
I"Mastery of yoga is really measured by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, how it promotes clarity and peace of mind. "– T.K.V. Desikachar