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Mental Health Benefits of Yoga | Western Wellness

Published 8-Jul-2023
Written by Danielle Harrison

Mental Health Benefits of Yoga: Decreased Stress and Improved Mood

In our fast-paced lives, it's not uncommon to experience stress which puts many people in an unhappy mood.  Mental health affects people of all ages and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than two in five people aged 16-85 years or 8.6 million people have experienced a mental health issue at some point. That’s why it’s more important than ever to look after your mental health.

When your mind is healthy you feel happier and are more productive. The good news is that improving your mental health doesn’t have to be expensive. By practising yoga in your daily life, you decrease stress, improve your mood and experience peace-of-mind in your life.

Yoga can enrich your mental well-being, leading to a greater sense of overall wellness. Here are some ways yoga can improve your overall mental well-being:

Stress Reduction

 More people than ever suffer from stress nowadays, affecting not only their health but also relationships with people at work and at home.  

Yoga helps to quiet your mind and focus on your breath. Through the practice of mindful movement and meditation, yoga helps reduce stress hormones and promotes a state of calmness and relaxation.

Uplifting Your Mood

Exercising your body releases feel-good hormones or endorphins in your body which help to uplift your mood. 

Additionally, the mindful nature of yoga encourages self-reflection, helping you gain a fresh perspective and find balance within yourself.

Better Sleep

By winding down with a gentle yoga practice before bed, you can alleviate tension in your body and quiet your mind. The result? You sleep soundly and feel fully refreshed when you wake up.

Increased Self-Awareness

Yoga encourages you to be present in the moment, fostering self-awareness.

 By connecting with your body and breath, you become more attuned to your emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations, promoting a deeper understanding of yourself.

Improved Emotional Well-Being

Yoga provides a safe space for emotional release.

 As you move through different poses and breathe consciously, you can release pent-up emotions and find emotional balance. This can lead to a greater sense of inner peace and emotional well-being.

Anxiety Management

Practising yoga has helped many people manage their anxiety symptoms. 

The combination of physical movement, breathwork, and meditation activates the relaxation response in the body, reducing anxiety levels and promoting a sense of calm and stability.

Confidence Boost

Yoga is a practice of self-acceptance and self-empowerment. As you challenge yourself to try new poses and witness your progress, you build confidence and a positive self-image.

The confidence you gain is not limited to becoming better at Yoga but will significantly impact other areas of your life.

Improved Resilience to Depression

Yoga can be a valuable tool in managing and preventing depressive symptoms. 

The mind-body connection in yoga, along with the release of endorphins, helps regulate mood, reduce negative thinking patterns, and increase feelings of overall well-being.

Enhanced Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a core aspect of yoga practice. By cultivating mindfulness on the mat, you develop the ability to be fully present in your daily life. 

This heightened awareness allows you to savour the simple joys, reduce ruminating thoughts, and cultivate a sense of gratitude.

Increased Energy Levels

Yoga is a natural energy booster. The combination of movement, deep breathing, and improved circulation stimulates your body and mind, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and energised after each session. It's a great way to combat that mid-afternoon slump.

Better Coping Mechanisms

The mindfulness and self-awareness cultivated through yoga enable you to develop healthier coping mechanisms for dealing with life's challenges.

You learn to respond rather than react impulsively, making better choices and maintaining emotional balance during difficult situations.

To incorporate yoga into your daily routine, it’s important to be consistent by choosing a specific time each day to exercise. It could be early morning, during your lunch break, or in the evening after work. Set a reminder on your phone or calendar to help you stay committed to your practice.

Most important, remember to embrace the process so you can reap the mental health benefits along the way. So, roll out your mat, breathe deeply, and let yoga be your path to decreased stress and improved mood.

To experience the many health benefits of yoga and mediation, reach to the experts at Western Wellness at


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