Benefits of Yoga for the Mind

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Benefits Of Yoga For The Mind

The physical benefits of yoga are well-known: increased flexibility, improved breathing, better balance, and an overall toned body, just to name a few. But few people know that yoga also offers many benefits for the mind. Here are just a few of those benefits:

* Improves your overall mental well-being:

Are you always feeling tense and thinking negatively? Do you feel as though you’re carrying everyone else’s problems on your shoulders? Do you feel desperate and destitute, wondering when things will ever get better? Regular yoga sessions will help soothe your worries away and discharge any tension you are feeling. You’ll have a better outlook on life, and better able to handle stressful situations. You’ll have better overall physiological health, and your stress levels will be at lower levels. This helps improve your physical health as well. Stress is known to cause physical ailments and disease over time, as well as weight gain.

* Helps ease anxiety and depression:

Yoga focuses on meditation, relaxation, breathing and exercise, all meant to rid your mind of anxiety and depression. After a yoga session, you can’t help but feel calm and relaxed. You’ll also sleep better, which studies have shown to help with anxiety. A good night’s sleep can do wonders for both mind and body.

* Boosts memory and improves concentration levels:

Yoga helps remove the static noise in your head, and helps you focus and concentrate. As a result, you will be able to focus on your day-to-day tasks, and remember things better. You’ll experience greater productivity both at work and at home.

* Helps prevent certain mental health conditions:

Yoga helps to prevent certain mental health issues, particularly in adolescents. Enhanced mindfulness, anger control, breathing and reduced anxiety work to help kids through their problems and issues.Teens can benefit greatly from this type of exercise, to help them deal with the many stresses in their lives.

* Helps to reduce the effect of traumatic experiences:

Those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often experience nightmares, flashbacks, and anxiety in public situations. Yoga helps calm the nerves, introduces effective breathing techniques and eases anxiety in all situations.

And Lastly…

The busy mind is a challenge to deal with.  The brain needs content and will cycle through your daily banter essentially dictating to you what it wants to think about.  Most of you know I’m a huge advocate of utilizing CrossFit as your health paradigm (post coming soon!:)) because as you WOD, one cannot “think” about the activities of the day.  It is in a sense a form of meditation.  It’s quiet time for the brain.

When I talk about Yoga, most men scoff and proclaim that they’re just not flexible enough (for a manly book on yoga check out ex Navy Seal Mark Divine’s Kokoro Yoga.)  Flexibility doesn’t always have to be the goal.  Do the poses you can, and the rest of the time you can sit in pose, meditate, and work on your breath.

Quieting the mind creates space for intuition to do its work.

Living intuitively reveals one’s true self.

It’s time to introduce you, to you!

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