Yoga is known to be a combination of physical, mental and spiritual practices that originated in India thousands of years ago. As a science and a Hindu philosophy, it advocates and prescribes to a course of physical and mental disciplines which enable individuals to attain liberation from the material world and become in union with the mind and spirit.
Yogis or practitioners of yoga not only experience the psychological benefits of yoga but other benefits too which include strengthening of the muscles, increase in muscle tone, development of motor skills especially in children and improved circulation of blood in the body among others.
Below are the psychological benefits of yoga you need to know about.
Boosts one’s memory and improves concentration too
Practicing yoga has proven to be effective in improving one’s memory and concentration therefore allowing an individual to be able to go about their duties and problem solving activities with ease. Performing dharana which is known as the practice of concentration is the best way any individual can get to clear their mind and in the process calm their senses too.
The best way to achieve this is by eliminating the static noise in one’s head and in the process start to focus your mind which will enable you to boost your memory therefore in the process being able to retain more information and recall past thoughts that were deemed lost.
Promotes self awareness
Self awareness is a process where individuals learn and get to know themselves better. Practicing yoga strives to promote and increase self awareness on the psychological level therefore allowing the practitioner to be aware of every part of their body, externally and internally too.
Internal approval refers basically to the respect for one’s self which means when you respect yourself, there is nothing you would deem bad for you. Awareness is built through learning which really can only be done to its fullest potential by being open minded and enthusiastic.
Improves mood and vitality
Practicing yoga helps to promote a rejuvenating effect on the body which in turn stimulates it in a positive way therefore making your body to start developing with an increasing level of positive energy. When you start to become good to yourself and take the time to invest in your total health and well being, you in turn promote the feelings of love and respect. Having these emotions is positive and it comes with added attractions of joy and enthusiasm.
Reduces effects of traumatic experiences
As one of the psychological benefits of yoga, it helps to reduce the effects of traumatic experiences which usually result in post traumatic stress disorder. Those who suffer from PTSD usually experience nightmares and flashbacks among other symptoms. While many people seek mental treatment to help eliminate this mental illness, hatha yoga has been found to be effective in reducing the symptoms brought about by PTSD.
Helps with anxiety and depression
Yoga consists of activities such as relaxation, socialization and exercise therefore becoming a proven way of reducing anxiety and depression. Yoga accomplishes this by regulating a person’s stress response system.
This in turn lowers one’s blood pressure , stabilizes one heart rate, improves one’s respiration abilities and also provides one with the means of dealing with and resolving anxiety and depression without the need of resorting to expensive medications.
By Karen Dolby