Incorporating yoga into your wellness journey can expedite healing and strengthen an already existing state of mental health. This holistic approach encourages the integration of mind, body, and heart. Yoga incorporates mindfulness, meditation through movement, and breath-work to improve mental and physical health. Mindful attunement to our somatic experience is a necessary skill for healing emotional woundings, stress, and trauma stored within our musculature system.
Studies show that practicing yoga elevates GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) levels in the brain, a neurotransmitter that is statistically low in people with anxiety and depression. Mindful breathing and movement helps activate the PNS (parasympathetic nervous system), which in turn lowers blood pressure; improves cortisol levels, sleep, & digestion; and overall calms and relaxes us, conserving our energy.
The practice of yoga allows you to experience your body as something belonging to you, not something to be subjugated by others. In yoga you listen to your body, appreciate it, honor it. It isn’t about getting your body to do something “right” or “perfect” - it’s about whatever your body can do in the moment being what is right. It’s about noticing, not changing - acceptance, not forcing. The beauty of this approach is that when we click into acceptance, the change we need naturally follows.
Attending to our body-mind in these ways strengthens us to perform the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional work of healing and maintaining mental health. It teaches us to trust ourselves and find solace from within, even when everything around us feels overwhelming.
"Yoga is the journey of the self,
through the self,
to the self."
-The Bhagavad Gita