How Yoga can benefit you in Anxiety Disorders?

Traditionally, Yoga has been thought of as a form of physical exercise, and its practice is often limited to maintaining physical fitness. However, research has shown significant benefits in terms of psychological well being, especially anxiety disorders.

The therapeutic potential it has for psychological and medical disorders, or so called “yoga therapy”, has become highly popular in the general public.

Stress reduction, physical relaxation, positive effects on mood, improved cognitive functioning, are some well researched psychophysiological benefits of yoga. It has shown to have significant therapeutic benefit in psychiatric problems of anxiety and depression, which by no doubt are the two most prevalent conditions in psychiatry and general public.

Furthermore, there is proven benefits of yoga in other psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addiction problems and even childhood disorders.

An overall improvement in physical and mental well being is likely to cause an additional reduction in disease severity.

Yoga promotes the phenomenon of “self-realisation”, which not only is a key for one in being peaceful but also helps one get detached from the materialistic gratifications and frustrations that are the root cause of many psychiatric disorders.

 

Ways yoga can improve your mental health

 

Promotes relaxation

With the practice of yoga you can gain more control over your body state, you become more relaxed and experience less anxiety. Yoga strengthen our parasympathetic nervous system over sympathetic system that promotes more relaxation and calmness.

It slows down the sympathetic nervous activity which is overly active in various anxiety disorders, which is also responsible for flight-or-fight reactions in our body.

Helps you become more confident

Through yoga, you understand yourself and become nonjudgemental. It helps resolve multiple conflicts within yourself. It promotes self-trust. Eventually, your relationship with your own self is what matters the most.

It is only if you are confident and in peace with yourself, have a balanced ego, that you can develop healthy relationships with others.

Benefits relationship with your partner

An inner peace helps instill compassion and unconditional love in a relationship with your partner. You become less reactive against your partner and more tolerant, which are important qualities of a healthy relationship.

Self awareness

With yoga you become more aware and conscious of your qualities and emotions. By being more mindful, you will have some sort of emotional release that can be psychologically soothing. It also relieves you of any physical tension in body.

With one in four people affected by mental health disorders like depression and anxiety, at some point in their lives, many people are finding yoga as an effective way to protect themselves from mental health conditions throughout the world.

Remember, yoga is not a complete solution to mental health concerns, but can be an adjunctive to primary psychiatric treatment.

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