I’ve become a student of the practice of yoga and recently have begun working to further my progress through teaching.
Yoga is a powerful tool for healing the mind, body, and spirit. My belief is that we owe it to ourselves and each other to share the daily practices that lead to happiness from within. Therefore, it’s my duty to progress from student to teacher while at the same time committing to forever holding on to the notion of continuous development and progress.
A good teacher is always learning and thus is always a student themselves of the practice.
Recently, as part of this practice and process, I was asked to write an essay as part of my teacher training on one of the healing benefits of yoga. What better place to start then than to research exactly what and how yoga benefits those that, like me, suffer from anxiety and depression?
Through my research, I found that there are a number of ways that yoga helps with anxiety and depression.
When we practice yoga, we tap into the inner workings of our body and mind. In turn, we become students of our own body. It is through this deep understanding of ourselves that we develop better self-confidence, rewire our brains, reduce cortisol, and improve strength.
These are the four elements that directly benefit a reduction in anxiety and depression. While none of this is immediate and likely shouldn’t be viewed as a cure, it certainly has been shown to be a powerful tool in treatment. When practiced regularly, yoga can keep even the most anxious and depressed person feeling in control of their own destiny.
Let's explore this further in my next post. For now, you're more than welcome to join us at any of our daily yoga classes. There's something for everyone.