Since the 1970s, yoga and meditation has been studied as possible treatments for stress-reduction, depression and anxiety. Yoga, originating in ancient India, can vary from gentle and accommodating to strenuous and challenging. The literal translation of the Sanskrit word yoga is union.
The choice of style tends to be based on physical ability and personal preference. Hatha yoga, the most common type of yoga practiced, combines three elements: physical poses; controlled breathing; and a short period of deep relaxation or meditation.
For many people dealing with stress, depression or anxiety, yoga may be a very appealing way to feel better and manage symptoms. Indeed, the scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health is not just closely allied, but is essentially equivalent.
The evidence is growing that yoga practice is a beneficial approach to improving overall health. Famous celebrities practicing yoga are Meg Ryan, Jennifer Anniston, Ricky Martin, and Madonna.
Says Meg Ryan: "I started [yoga] about five years ago. I will say, definitely, it changed my life. It made me calmer. It puts you right in the place of witness - which is great."
Benefits of Yoga include:
- Released tension
- Decreased stress, anxiety, and depression
- Improved concentration and memory
- It is energising
- Improved balance
- It requires minimal effort and is very relaxing
- Slow dynamic and static movements reduce risk of injury
- Decreased resting heart rate
- Decreased pain
- Improved immunity
- It is non-competitive and process oriented
- It allows to focus internally.
If you are interested in learning more about yoga, contact Edit Horvath, Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher on 0210 821 3462 or email@example.com