How Yoga Can Help You Beat the Blues
Posted on October 23 2018
We all have times when we’re feeling depressed and down in the dumps. It’s during these times that we should look for a little pick me up. If you’re ever looking for a positive way to get out of your funk, try yoga! Yoga is a known mood enhancer that can help beat the blues. Here’s how…
Yoga gets the blood pumping
You may be surprised to discover that poor circulation can lead to feeling sad, among other health problems. Studies show you can get in a bad mood when you don’t get enough oxygenated-blood to your brain.
Stretching, which is at the core of almost all yoga poses, releases endorphins and can increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood. Doing yoga poses throughout the day will not only improve your circulation but it will also improve your mood!
Yoga has positive influences on your brain
Yoga can help you beat the blues because of how it affects the brain. Boston University researchers found that the brain’s gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels spike after one hour of doing yoga. This is important because higher GABA levels have been linked to lower levels of depression and anxiety.
You don’t need to be an experienced yogi to reap the benefits of a yoga. You can start feeling the positive effects on your mood after just one class!
Yoga helps to “straighten out your mood” with better posture
What does poor posture have to do with your bad mood? Plenty!
There have been many studies that suggest poor posture can contribute to symptoms of depression. When you see someone with poor posture, more often than not they’ll also appear to be unhappy.
But when you do power poses during yoga, you’re more likely to sit up straight which builds up confidence and lowers stress hormones in your brain. When you’re feeling this way, you’ll be more willing to sit up straight rather than slouch over.
Another study looked at a series of yoga poses developed by B.K.S. Iyengar that focuses on the body’s structural alignment. Researchers found that these specific poses helped to boost people’s moods.
Yoga helps us live in the moment
Sometimes we may feel down because we’re worried about a situation. Yoga helps us to stay in the moment and forget those worries. Researchers found that just living in the moment can boost your mood.
Yoga demands you to focus on the moment, not what happened yesterday or what’s going to happen tomorrow. When you take a yoga class you’ll notice the instructor often encourages people to really think about each pose rather than just running through them. This helps people to stay focused and truly reap all the benefits of their yoga practice.
By practicing yoga, you can beat the blues and improve your overall health. So, the next time you’re feeling down or just irritable, grab a yoga mat and try a few poses to get you feeling good again.
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