The link between mental health and physical well-being is undeniable. After decades of silence surrounding mental health and the stigma around admitting the need to address human mental health, more efforts are being made to find safe and natural ways to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Two popular and natural solutions are meditation and asana techniques, also known as yoga. Here’s what you need to know about the effects of meditation and yoga on mental health.
Natural Anxiety & Depression Relief
Yoga techniques can help you manage depression and anxiety. The self-soothing techniques of yoga include meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), and asana (yoga posture) practice. Together these different aspects create harmony and balance the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the human being. When in balance the human body has no choice but to function to its highest capabilities.
Yoga can help regulate the heart rate, balance blood pressure, and ease or reverse such illnesses as diabetes, asthma and multiple back related ailments. Mentally, asana postures along with pranayama and meditation increases one’s awareness. Awareness creates a mind of clarity which allows us to live in present-moment experiences. Living in present moment releases the need to remain stuck in negative moods and thought patterns. You do not need a yoga studio or special décor to practice yoga or meditation. You can create a space in the privacy of your home which promotes and welcomes acceptance and understanding. With acceptance and understanding, self-love comes naturally. Self-love promotes self-healing.
For centuries in India meditation and yoga have been highly regarded when treating conditions such as anxiety and depression. Interest later increased in other countries around the world. Many medical studies, such as those carried out by John Hopkins University show the benefits of pranayama (breathing) techniques for fighting cancer. Research showed that cancer cells went into remission when exposed to the excessive circulation of oxygen during pranayama practice.
In India yoga is an integral part of the Ayurveda medical system. In many countries, yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a natural lifestyle addition to combat stress. Yoga can help you relax your muscles and balance hormones promoting overall good health.
Dealing with Traumatic Experiences
People who have had traumatic experiences often re-experience a myriad of emotions such as fear and hyper arousal. Over time, this programmed behaviour coupled with conditioned beliefs hinders and sabotages us from living life from a place of mental clarity. A mental breakdown can occur, disrupting all aspects of the body.
Yoga and meditation, if practiced regularly, can help release these mental blockages and stuck patterns of thinking. Over time as all aspects of the body come into balance, healthy thoughts—thoughts supportive of the highest good—prevail.
Together, yoga and meditation create purity of heart and clarity of mind. Find a space conducive to your wellbeing, whether in your home, a yoga studio or outdoors. A safe space helps you to process your experiences and understand them.
Meditation cultivates an expanded consciousness. It encourages people to observe their thoughts which in turn cultivates awareness. When you begin to understand your experience through meditation, an unseen space is revealed and expansion in consciousness occurs. When you live at the peak of your awareness your mind becomes clear and your experiences become wholesome, flowing and effortless.
Get Healing with Yoga and Meditation
Ashta Ashram promotes Mental Health Awareness through understanding of the subconscious mind. Ashta Yoga Sadhanas in conjunction with Guru Ashta-deb’s self-awareness workshops and retreats such as The Ultimate Surrender, Who Am I? and Mantra Bedhana are a unique and fresh approach to achieving a lasting sense of unity, wholeness and self-love.
Ashta-deb is available for group events and workshops. She teaches people how to cope with the challenges that arise in relationships. She shares her own personal journey in her memoir Life Happens to Us: A True Story.
Experience first-hand the effects of her personalized techniques by registering for a membership on her web site, or sign up for one of Ashta-deb’s retreats, workshops and seminars. Ashta-deb looks forward to supporting your healing and well-being.
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