A Positive Connection to the Body
Yoga has been around for thousands of years but has only recently been studied for its mental health benefits. With new studies coming out all the time, there is more and more evidence of yoga's effectiveness as an adjunct treatment for depression, anxiety, trauma, and eating disorders.
Yoga can benefit our mental health in the following ways:
- Like mindfulness, yoga brings us into the present moment and into the body through mindful breathing and poses (van der Kolk, 2014).
- It transforms our relationship with our body, mind, and self into a positive one (Diyankova, 2018).
- Yoga provides tools for self-regulation and empowers us to use these tools and to make choices (van der Kolk, 2014).
- It moves us from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, or from flight-or-flight to rest-and-digest, decreasing our anxiety and increasing feelings of relaxation and safety (D'Angelo Friedman, 2016).
- Yoga can help release and process body sensations and emotions (Diyankova, 2018).
Some clients welcome the integration of yoga into therapy, while others are more hesitant. Adding yoga as a therapeutic component of counseling sessions is based on an individual's preferences and needs, so if you decide to schedule an appointment at Purposeful Practices, we will explore together what will be most beneficial for you, whether that means including yoga or not.