Is Yoga all its cracked up to be?
Today’s hustle and bustle society leaves little time for relaxing and switching off. This new ‘workaholic’ phenomenon has led to 1 in 4 Australians experiencing anxiety and 15% of the population suffering with depression.
The impact of stress and anxiety on our body can be crucial. Symptoms may arise that affect both your mind and your body, which can lead to bigger health problems in the future. Being able to manage your stress can help you manage symptoms of anxiety and depression and sometimes even cure them all together.
So the question now is, how do I switch off?
Many strategies exist out there to help manage these symptoms. The three most effective three being breathing exercises, muscle relaxation and visualisation techniques which help to take your mind off stress and become present within the body and the mind. The ancient practice of Yoga encompasses all three of these techniques which is why it is one of the most effective strategies at managing and improving mental health.
Yoga is believed to have originated in India over 5000 years ago, as a form of mindfulness and joining of the mind, body and spirit. It has been adapted worldwide as a mindfulness and relaxation practise to help create personal balance.
Many who practise yoga have seen an improvement in strength, balance, sleep, posture and overall quality of life. By using relaxation, breathwork and meditation it is no wonder that stress and anxiety is highly improved with regular practise.