How Yoga can Improve Your Mental Health
My goodness, 2020 feels like a high speed treadmill which just won’t stop. For many of us, the pace is taking a heavy toll on our mental health. But guess what? By practicing yoga you can step off the treadmill and find inner peace and purpose.
A conversation could change a life… and so could yoga
Everyone, in some way, is dealing with their own fallout from the ‘C word’ (I’m not going to even utter its name). And a flick through the headlines tell us that Australia, unsurprisingly, is on the cusp of a mental health crisis. I’d say we’re already in it?
So as we approach our national R U OK? Day on 10 September, there has never been a more important time to ask your friends, family, and yourself, are you OK?
And if you’re not OK, one of many things you can do to help you heal and move forward, is practice regular yoga, meditation or mindfulness.
Yoga can help heal your mind
When we practice yoga, we step off the treadmill. We slow our minds and our bodies, take a pause, and we feel both present and mindful.
With its body movements, deep breathing and meditative awareness, yoga helps us to redirect our focus and heal. It brings us to a state of calm reflection where we can be honest with ourselves, listen to our body and understand what it needs.
But don’t just take my word for it, because you know, I’m kind of into yoga…
A growing body of research backs up yoga’s mental health benefits. Studies show that yoga relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, strain, and inflammation, sharpens attention and concentration, and calms and centers the nervous system. It can also improve the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
And bonus, it’s great for your body too.
Yoga can enhance your sense of belonging
Even the most introverted among us need people around us. The act of coming together with a group of people into a safe and welcoming space gives us a sense of belonging and connectedness. We no longer feel alone and isolated, and our mental health and emotional wellbeing are boosted.
By joining a group of people to practice yoga, even if they’re total strangers, you will find yourself within an accepting community. Namaste.
You can find peace in nature
At Victory Yoga we run a range of outdoor yoga classes. Why? Because we know the warmth of the sun, the sounds of the ocean, and the crisp feel of the air engage and empower the body and mind. And we know spending time in nature has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.
We run early morning classes because we believe waking up early to embrace the first rays of sunshine makes you feel energised, healthier and happier. And that energy will take you through your day.
So leave the sweaty gym walls and your living rooms behind, and join us in the sea salt air.
Free yoga class on R U OK Day
R U OK? Day is taking place on Thursday 10 September. It’s a national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?”.
R U OK? is a cause close to our heart at Victory Yoga. To support the day and our local community, we’re holding a FREE yoga class and open conversation at Marks Park, Bondi at 7.30am on Thursday 10 September.
No yoga experience necessary. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel.
Booking are essential : Visit our schedule page to book.
No matter how you’re feeling, we’d love to see you there.
Find the Facebook event here.
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