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How Yoga Can Support Your Mental Health
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How Yoga Can Support Your Mental Health

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If you've ever done yoga, you'll know how incredible it makes you feel, mentally, as well as physically.

The licensed psychotherapist and yoga teacher, Ashley Turner, who is releasing the ground-breaking Yoga Psychology 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training, informed that yoga is integral to emotional and psychological healing, in addition to making improvements to family of origin issues, self-confidence, relationships, and emotional and psychological healing.

Turner, who exposed that yoga supported her in perceiving and dealing with her low self-esteem, said "Yoga is a psychology—the whole practice helps us work with the nature of the mind, the nature of being a human, how emotions live in our bodies, how they affect our behavior and our minds,

"This course is reclaiming the deeper roots of the practice, not just asana—the mental and emotional benefits."

Written below are 5 methods in which yoga can support your well-being and your mental health, and additionally, improve your relationships.

1. It helps you build your sense of self. 

In practising Yoga, you become more self-aware and self-trusting. You become fitter and healthier in your nutrition because you sub-conscience informs you, "I'm worthy of this me time, all of this effort." When the day comes to a close, everything drills down to the relationship with yourself. A strong sense of confidence means you become increasingly rooted in your centre and sense of self, meaning your ego healthily balances out. You have nothing to hide and nothing to prove. You develop willpower and courageousness.

2. It takes you from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, or from flight-or-flight to rest-and-digest. 

Entering more of a calm and relaxed state, you'll have reduced anxiety levels. As soon as you begin taking deep breaths, you decelerate out of fight-or-flight and relax the nervous system.

3. It helps you become aware of your "shadow" qualities. 

Solar and lunar (light and dark) yoking in yoga, makes us perceive qualities in ourselves that we didn't know existed, moving us towards becoming more mindful individuals. The back-bend is supposed to open up your heart and remove the stiffness that resides between the shoulder's blades. You'll have an emotional release.

4. It improves your romantic relationship. 

When you are feeling more peaceful and centred within yourself, it's likely that you'll treat your partner in the same way—you'll look at them through a corresponding lens of unconditional love and adoration.

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