How Yoga Improves Emotional Health
With the pressure and stress you face each day, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and frustrated. And if you fail to address them properly, you can end up with more serious problems.
Yoga is one of the best and most effective solutions you can use to regain control of your life. You can think of it as a rehabilitating and healing medicine that can work on your body, soul, and spirit.
And you know what else?
Yoga also has a handful of benefits to your emotional health. If you are starting to get curious, check out the list below.
It calms you
When you're facing an intense situation, your own rhythm gets disrupted. You walk quickly. You go around with a frown on your face and you get mad at people you don't really know. Even the noise around you annoys you.
By practicing yoga, you lower the levels of cortisol in your body. This is a hormone that's produced by stress. The more cortisol you have in your system, the more you're unable to regulate your body in stressful situations.
It makes you feel better
Yoga is a form of exercise which means it has this ability to boost your mood. It's because it can increase the level of serotonin in your body. In effect, it can prevent anger, anxiety, depression, and all those negative emotions that can harm your emotional health. It promotes a deeper appreciation of things
One of the most common reasons why we are having a hard time adjusting to life and its changes is because we are unsatisfied. We are always in search of something bigger, better, and more beautiful.
Yoga encourages you to pause and appreciate everything you have in your life. It promotes acceptance and that can make you a lot happier and confident about yourself.
It improves your emotional control
When you are angry, depressed, and frustrated, you have little control over what you do and say. And in the process of venting out your emotions, you hurt yourself and the people around you.
Performing deep breathing exercises and specific relaxing yoga poses can calm you down so you can think about your words and actions. It gives you the chance to be more reasonable with your reactions.
It improves your relationship with others
Your emotions aren't just about you; they also mean a lot to other people.
Being able to get along well with others can generally make you happier and more satisfied with life. You'll feel less insecure and envious of others.
You see, when you're not in good terms with someone, you're forced to constantly make comparisons which can make you feel sadder and more frustrated with your life.
It helps you cope better with disappointments
In life, misfortunes and failures are expected. They are bound to happen at one point or another.
Although normal, people who aren't emotionally stable have a hard time adjusting to those failures. They drown in negative self-talk and they get lost in their own false ideas.
Yoga teaches acceptance. It can show you that everything happens for a reason and that everything will pass in life- including your failures.
Yoga can benefit every aspect of your life. However, before you can actually experience those benefits, you have to be consistent in practicing it. You need to be committed to making it a part of your everyday life.
Yoga doesn’t require a lot of time or any expensive equipment. It’s actually quite cheap and you can do it anytime and anywhere you want. To make it more effective, however, try doing yoga in the morning. That way, you’ll be able to set a positive tone to the rest of your day.
Guest Blog by Meera Watts
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of SiddhiYoga, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, Goa and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali)