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CAN OCONOMOWOC YOGA HELP IMPROVE MY MENTAL HEALTH?
Yoga can be incredibly beneficial for your entire body, both physically and mentally. While yoga is well known for being a low impact, physical exercise that can help improve your strength, balance, and flexibility, it also has incredible benefits for your mind. Practicing yoga or hot yoga on a regular basis can have significant positive impacts on your overall health and well-being.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “A number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.”2 Five major benefits of incorporating Oconomowoc Yoga into your regular routine include: reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, helping to control anger and improving your mood and sleep.
Hot yoga helps you concentrate on your breath, encourages you to breathe deeply and consistently throughout the class, and brings you into the present moment. Deep breathing is a key ingredient in relaxation and aids in stress relief.
The physical practice of yoga helps reduce feelings of anxiety by helping you focus on physical poses, breathing techniques, and meditation. Yoga is a mind and body practice that is viewed as a type of therapy to manage anxiety. You will leave the class feeling calm, cool, and collected.
Multiple studies have revealed that people who practice hot yoga consistently or on a regular basis show a measurable reduction in depression symptoms including emotional eating and feelings of stress.
When compared to a group that participated in physical education, versus those who physically practiced yoga, those who physically practiced yoga demonstrated an increase in their ability to control their anger. Even better, practicing yoga on a regular basis has been shown to decrease verbal aggression in adults. No more yelling at the kids to put on their shoes for the tenth time! With practicing hot yoga on a regular basis, you will feel calm, cool, and collected.
A yoga class, a sequence of flow is a form of moving meditation. Through practicing yoga, your body’s serotonin levels will increase, which plays a role in your overall happiness. Practicing yoga postures while practicing deep breathing helps facilitate a deep level of relaxation that will leave you feeling less stressed and happier.
Adding yoga to your regular routine can help decrease anxiety levels and help you relax which makes it easier for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. Practicing hot yoga or exercising daily also helps you get a more restful sleep which will leave you with more energy in the morning and throughout your entire day.
While practicing hot yoga for thirty minutes to an hour on a regular basis can help improve your mental health, if you are looking for a quick solution during a stressful time or after a long day, there are much yoga poses that you can do to help destress quickly and effectively.
OCONOMOWOC YOGA POSES TO HELP YOU DESTRESS AND RELAX
Standing Forward Fold: this pose will help you release tension in your neck and spine which helps calm the body and mind.
Legs Up the Wall: this is a restorative pose that will help you take a break from your regular routine (being on your feet or right side up), leaving you feeling nourished with grounding and support.
Eagle Pose: This pose requires balance, coordination, and focus, all of which can help draw your mind away from worrisome or stressful thoughts.
Corpse Pose: lying flat on your back allows you to completely relax your body and mind and is a great pose for meditation which can boost your mind while relaxing your body, all at the same time!
WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
Hot yoga is a highly effective tool when practiced on a regular basis or even from the comfort of your own home. Not only will you reap the physical benefits of yoga such as increasing your strength and flexibility, but practicing yoga on a regular basis will improve your mental health and mood overall, leading to a happier YOU.
Don’t just take our word for it though, we will admit, we might be a little bit biased. According to Harvard Medical School, “for many patients dealing with depression, anxiety, or stress, yoga may be a very appealing way to better manage symptoms. Indeed, the scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent. The evidence is growing that yoga practice is a relatively low-risk, high-yield approach to improving overall health.”1 We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Could you benefit from the positive mental health changes in practicing hot yoga on a regular basis? If so, visit our yoga studio, Sweat Shop Hot Yoga, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. We offer classes that are suited for everyone- whether you’re brand new to yoga and taking your first class (check out our Basics class) or looking to advance your practice as an experienced yogi. Our class options include Basics, Flow, Classic, and Power. All of which will leave you feeling strong, confident, and relaxed.
We’d love to meet you and help you along your yoga journey. If you are not in the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin area, visit our YouTube channel to take 30-minute yoga class videos from the comfort of your home at any time that is convenient to you. To learn more about the positive physical and mental health benefits of practicing hot yoga on a regular basis, give us a call at 262-269-1466.
Learn more about how practicing Oconomowoc yoga on a regular basis can help improve your mental health by reading Harvard Medical School’s article, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression, and Mayo Clinic’s article, Yoga: Fight Stress and Find Serenity by clicking on the following links: