In our first post, we talked about the added benefits of a heated workout – both physiological and mental. Today, we wanted to dive deeper into the mental benefits of yoga (heated or not). Let’s face it – the world is stressful these days. And while the holidays are approaching, sometimes they become more stressful than relaxing. How can you combat the stress felt during this crazy year of 2020? An easy answer is yoga. At Southern Flow Yoga, we know firsthand how beneficial yoga, hot yoga, yoga sculpt, and stretching are for the body, and the brain.
Research backing up the benefits of yoga on mental health is growing. Yoga has shown to increase body awareness, relieve stress, reduce muscle tension, inflammation and straining; increase concentration, sharpen attention and calm the nervous system.
The American Psychological Association has even deemed yoga as a great tool used in therapy. Some of its benefits include enhancing social well-being (through a sense of belonging to others), improving depressive symptoms, ADD and hyperactivity, and sleep issues.
Mind-body practices like yoga and meditation bring something powerful to the human body during practice. What is it, though? According to research, it’s the relaxation response that occurs during practice that leads to mental and physical benefits. The deep state of physiological rest that happens during yoga creates a state of calm and relaxation on a cellular level. The deep breathing and movements that we practice can take someone from a state of tension and excitement to one of calm, rest and relaxation.
I think yogis can agree with research showing that the connection between mental and physical health go hand-in-hand. We could go on and on about how yoga is great for the mind, and how hot yoga amplifies it even more. Come try one of our three class types and find out for yourself. We can promise you that regular practice at Southern Flow will have you feeling better than you were before.