YOGA FOR MENTAL HEALTH

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Yoga for Anger Management

By Kimaya Singh How can Yoga help people with anger management? Every person feels anger at some point. It is a natural emotion that has its roots in jealousy, hatred, outrage or frustration. Regardless of its cause, anger has negative effects on the body and must learn to be controlled. There are yoga poses that [...]

Teaching Yoga Poses that Reduce Anger: Hip Openers

In addition, by teaching specific physical Yoga postures that release somatically-held negative emotions, such as grief and anger, you will further support your students in releasing negative emotions and memories that are no longer serving their highest good. Anger is often lodged in the throat chakra, shoulders, neck, and hip areas. Just think of the saying, “She swallowed her anger.” When we swallow our anger, we do so by constricting and closing the throat area. When this action of constricting the throat becomes habitual, the thyroid gland may be negatively affected over time.

Teaching Meditation in a Yoga Class: Creating Time

When a Yoga practitioner connects with this pure unbounded awareness, the mental chatter in the mind stops and one’s consciousness is able to perceive the essential divine reality that flows through all of creation. Dropping into a state of pure, unbounded awareness is also very rejuvenating and replenishing for both the body and mind. If you are a Yoga teacher, briefly introducing your students to the history and depth of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, will open the door for your students to further explore the systematic practice of asanas and breathing exercises that leads to a state of calm equipoise, both on and off the mat.

How Yoga Purges Addictions

Yoga also provides the addict with something to do that involves the use of both mind and body. Generally the practice of yoga does not cost anything and can be done within the confines of one’s personal space. The breathing techniques taught through yoga are very calming and this is very important when attempting to distract oneself from the anxieties that encourage the addictions. This breathing helps to quiet the mind and keep it focused so that the addiction cannot take center stage anymore.

Should Yoga Teachers Give Emotional Counseling?

As an instructor, it is important to recognize when you are out of your depth and when you should consider recommending another professional. While you can still be there for your student and support them through your classes, you should not be the only one they can turn to. There is nothing wrong with having a strong network of support for difficult emotional breakthroughs.

Yoga as Mental Exercise

To give yourself a quick boost at the office consider doing the following exercise, it has been proven to increase mental focus and clarity and all that is necessary is a small bit of space, you can do it right in your office next to your desk. The exercise is simple; you place your tongue against your palette, then cross your arms with your left going under your right. Grasp your earlobes gentle with the thumb on the front index finger on the back.

Yoga for Emotional Turmoil

The breathing exercises are an integral part of Yoga. It is one part of Yoga that can be done anywhere you are and no matter what you are doing. You will find that once you have the breathing down you will start to feel better and be able to deal with things better. Eventually you will find that you can easily add Yoga to your daily routine to help calm emotional turmoil.

About Yoga Training for an Inner Quest

Different yogic techniques and practices such as meditation, quiet asana, guided imagery, slow breathing, etc. are essentially aimed at helping us form a real communion with our own inner self, and thus helping the practitioner resolve physical, mental, and emotional problems that he or she may face during the course of his/her daily life. One way how yoga performs this is by inculcating a practice of proper physical postures and alignment.

Yogic Practices for the Wandering Mind

There are just so many things to distract our mind and thoughts and make us lose focus off things that really and truly matter in our lives. Also, apart from that, our mind has this tendency to wander, daydream, get lost in fantasy, fret about future, relive past moments of happiness, etc. Although these may not seem to be harmful enough at first, they actually are, because a wandering mind serves to disconnect us from our body, and therefore from the present moment. Yoga recognizes this problem and many of the yogic relaxation practices and techniques are therefore geared towards helping us retain focus, develop a trained mind and achieve a real communion with our body and our true inner self.

Yoga to Manage Mood Swings

Few things can put someone on edge the way that an overload of stress can. This can in turn lead to moodiness and outbursts that can harm personal, professional and familial relationships, causing further deterioration of a person's mental health, even among those who have never been diagnosed with anxiety or stress-related disorders. Yoga can help through preventing this overload of stress and working to calm anxiety. In fact, yoga can even increase tolerance to stressful events by moderating uncomfortable physiological responses like raised blood-pressure and heart-rate.

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