Yoga helps improve Mental Wellness, Here’s why

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Whoever practices yoga is bound to speak about the mental peace and feeling of calm they experience after a session of Yoga.  Research studies confirm that yoga appears to modulate stress response systems. This, in turn, decreases physiological arousal — for example, reducing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and easing respiration. There is also evidence that yogic practices help increase heart rate variability, an indicator of the body’s ability to respond to stress more efficiently.

In this age of social media, people are always looking for external validation. On one hand there is pressure on them to appear good on social media. They want to appear like the perfect person. On the other hand, social media also gives people anonymity and has increased the extent of online bullying. It’s always easier to say cruel things to a screen than to the face of a person.  The fact that the world is increasingly competitive makes matters worse. As a result, the incidence of Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Obsessive Compulsive. Eating, and Social anxiety disorders are on the rise. Usually people are unaware of the root cause of their mental agony until they seek help. The medical profession has always touted the adage “Prevention is better than cure”. Practice of yoga will not only help prevent the occurrence of disorders with social/mental causes but also help manage the stressful situations of life better. It is a given that life is stressful, and yoga is a tool to manage this stress. This is because there is a significant impact on the Central nervous system when yoga is practiced consistently. As a result the brain can be rewired.

Nuggets for a peaceful life

People strive for perfection without realizing that “Perfection” is a moving target. It also depends on perceptions . Whose definition of perfection is it? Instead, make the best out of circumstances. Put in all the effort you can in a task. In other words – give it your best! Focus on the process not on the outcome. This will lead you to a better place in life. @DrPrabha

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