4 powerful benefits of Yoga for your mental health

4 powerful benefits of Yoga for your mental health

Yoga is not only a physical exercise but also a special moment. You enter an environment that transports and gives you fresh air to your mind. In addition to having benefits for your physical body, it is also good for your mental health. 

With Yoga, you enter a special world so that puts your mind on a state. The atmosphere, the sound, the smells, the lighting, everything changes, and projects information to your brain... peaceful and serene information.

Let's look at what are the 4 most powerful effects of Yoga on your mental health:

1. 1. Breathing

Breathing during yoga

Breathing is one of the most important aspects of the practice of yoga. When we control our breathing and change the way we breathe we can reduce stress and anxiety levels, bringing us closer to that state of calm and peace in our mind that we love so much.

If our breathing is fast, the nerves send a message of stress. The parts of the brain responsible for the fight or flight response are activated.

If you breathe more slowly, the nerves send out different signals, telling your brain that you are in a state of serenity.

2. 2. Sounds

Relaxing sounds

We often listen to music when we enter a yoga class. Yoga usually uses calm and relaxing music (or perhaps more stimulating too) to accompany the rhythm of its classes. Music has the power to change the activity of our brain and bring about change.

Music reduces the levels of stress hormones in the body and promotes the production of immunoglobulin A, one of the body's main antibodies.

3. 3. Scents

4 effects of Yoga that benefit your mental health

Smells have the ability to change how we feel. Some scents can change our mood. Many yoga teachers who use essential oils in their classes or use a diffuser or incense to fill the room with relaxing scents.

4. 4. Mind and movement

4 effects of Yoga that benefit your mental health

The simple act of moving your body reduces stress and anxiety levels and increases a sense of well-being.  Every time you exercise, endorphins are generated.

These not only diminish your perception of pain but contribute to a positive mindset that makes you feel good.

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