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Five reasons yoga is key to good mental health

by , 22 August 2017
Five reasons yoga is key to good mental health
Have you ever noticed how fantastic you feel - mentally - when you're practising yoga mentally? That's because yoga is key to good mental health...

Yoga can help with psychological and emotional healing as well as resolving issues relating to self-confidence, family of origin, relationships and much more. Below are five ways in which yoga benefits your mental health.

Five ways in which yoga promotes good mental health

#1: Yoga calms your nervous system
Yoga moves you from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system. In other words, it moves you from fight-or-flight to rest-and-digest. When you do yoga regularly, you typically feel more relaxed and have less anxiety.
 
#2: Yoga helps you get to know yourself
Yoga helps you build your sense of self and to cultivate a more non-judgmental relationship with yourself. Essentially, it helps you build self trust, which helps you eat healthier and exercise more. At the end of the day, everything comes down to your relationship with yourself – when you’re rooted in your sense of self and your centre, you develop a healthy, balanced ego where you have nothing to prove or hide.

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#3: Yoga makes romantic relationships better
When you’re more peaceful with yourself, you’ll be the same way with your partner. You’ll see them through the same eyes of compassionate, unconditional love. You’ll also become less reactive – for example, you won’t snap at your partner unnecessarily.
 
#4: Yoga makes you aware of your qualities
Yoga makes you aware of your “shadow” qualities, which are the qualities in yourself that you weren’t aware of. This helps you become more mindful. It also helps you become more open to doing your best with your weaknesses and faults.
 
#5: Yoga helps you cope with family of origin issues
If you’re trying to deal with family of origin issues, yoga can help you own the sacred wounds and take them on more mindfully. Yoga helps you rise up and do your best!
 
There you have it – five reasons yoga is key to good mental health!

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