In this time of uncertainty, anxiety, seclusion, and fear, we all need to find ways to improve our mental health. For centuries, yoga has given practitioners the tools live in a healthy way. Now is the perfect time to find a yoga class or deepen your yogic journey!
Effective yoga teachers seek to significantly improve students’ health and well-being. Traditional yoga practices (including movement, mindfulness, and breath work) can help everyone balance their nervous systems and stay healthy, mentally and physically. The methods taught in well-planned yoga classes build lifelong skills from the inside-out, teaching practitioners to recognize their present state, label the sensations in their bodies, and build a tool chest of coping skills to choose behaviors and responses that bring them back to balance in a healthy, sustainable way.
- Yoga promotes balance in the nervous system by moving through both stimulating and calming postures.
- You begin to recognize which postures make them feel energized and which make them feel soothed.
- You notice how their bodies and minds react to stressful, uncomfortable sensations in challenging postures.
- Moving the body is a healthy way to release stress, to focus attention, and to feel strong and capable.
- Yoga postures build confidence and positive body image.
- Yoga postures can build resilience by helping you physically release pent up trauma and tension.
- Breath is our most portable form of stress management.
- Long, smooth breaths calm the nervous system, particularly via the vagus nerve.
- By experiencing a variety of simple and effective breaths, you gain the coping skills to choose which practice works best for you.
- Through mindfulness practice, you become more aware of your feelings, sensations, thoughts, and emotions.
- You learn to connect with and value your inner experience, rather than rely on outside stimuli.
- Mindfulness improves self-regulation and confidence as you learn to control your own thoughts and actions.
- With mindfulness practice, you learn to separate your feelings from your actions and choose healthy responses to outside stimuli.
- Mindfulness is learning that you are not your thoughts, that you can shift from how you are currently being/feeling to how you want to be/feel.