The Long-Lasting Mental and Physical Benefits of Doing Yoga

  It should come as no surprise that any kind of exercise is beneficial to you. However, there are different kinds of exercises, and some of them can produce different results. Yoga is one of the few exercises that can help you not only physically, but also mentally and spiritually. Part of finding the wonder of the poses is to find the stillness in them — to hold them with a minimum amount of movement and be able to mentally move away from the difficulty of the pose. Some of the effects of a regular yoga practice last long beyond the actual practice.

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Long Life

While yoga can’t stop the aging process, it can help slow it down. There are a wide variety of benefits from yoga that can affect the aging process. Everything from lower cholesterol, better sleep, superior muscle tone, caloric restriction, increased bone density and improved balance can contribute to a longer lifespan. Yoga helps with all of these! These, however, are only the physical aspects. Yoga can also help with mental problems like stress, which lowers the risk of obesity and heart disease and helps lead to a longer lifespan.

Overcoming Addictions

When struggling with an addiction, it almost always helps to find something to do. Finding something to keep your mind occupied and your fingers busy can help fight the inevitable urges. Yoga is not only a form of physical exercise, although it can be that if you choose. Many types of yoga focus on a mind-body connection, promoting physical, mental and spiritual health. Because addiction also impacts all of these areas, it only makes sense to use a method that can also address those aspects. There are even some specific poses that can be helpful in addiction recovery such as camel pose, dancer’s pose and corpse pose.  

Working With Mental Disorders

Mental disorders have become increasingly common in the U.S. You or someone you know might suffer from anxiety or depression. While yoga cannot provide a cure for these disorders, it can help regulate them. Studies on depression and anxiety have shown that yoga does provide emotional relief from these devastating symptoms. However, for severe cases, it has not been found to be more helpful than medications and traditional therapy. It can be a wonderful tool for those who suffer from mild anxiety or depression, but speaking with your doctor is always recommended.

Reduction of Fight or Flight

Our sympathetic nervous system is a powerful tool, responsible for sparking the “fight or flight response” when a person encounters a stressor. Our bodies assume those stressors are life and death situations, but it’s often a yearly performance review, missed deadlines or a traffic jam. Yoga, on the other hand, taps into our parasympathetic nervous system, which is basically the opposite. This stimulates what’s referred to as the “rest and digest response,” which is where your body feels relaxed and safe enough to perform normal functions. By activating the restful side of your nervous system, you can give your body a real chance to reboot. That’s why yoga can be so refreshing — you’ve literally reset the wiring.

Better Sleep

Since you’re working to reduce your stress and your body’s responses to stress, you’ll find that you’re more able to relax. In addition, the physical exercise you can get will also help tire your body out and help you forget about the problems you faced throughout the day. Even short term yoga practice and gentle yoga routines can have a beneficial impact and improve both the length of time you sleep and the quality of sleep.

The end result is the same no matter how many items are listed — yoga is good for you. A regular practice is likely to impact your life in ways you never imagined. Make some time to get on your mat a few times a week. You’ll be glad you did!

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Kacey Mya is a lifestyle blogger for "The Drifter Collective."  Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her.  Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, continuously building her strong love for style while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.