Yoga and Mental health
Yoga can be an effective form of other medicine for everything from depression to back pain.
One of the first lessons we learn in our yoga practice is to connect the body and mind together to achieve inner calm and harmony. Then it is no wonder that, beyond just strengthening our bodies and our minds, yoga can be an important tool for healing. Read on to discover the many advantages of using yoga as medicine. Benefits Plus is also a resource for step-by-step guides on caring for your students’ many ailments and injuries, with a wealth of helpful downloads and videos available to members.
As a teacher, you can use your yoga knowledge to understand your students’ needs, and help improve their mental health. Teach your student not just to perform the physical poses, but to connect the action of the pose with its effect on the mind.
Yoga for Depression:
Yoga is being progressively recognized as a useful tool for relieving indication of clinical depression. While doctors will frequently advise pharmaceuticals or recommend psychotherapy for patients, yoga can practiced even deeper goals. Use yoga for depression by serving your students quiet their restless minds and attach them with an inner source of calm and joy.
Ideally, we as yoga teachers can use yoga therapy to guide our students towards a calm, balanced and mindful mental state ( frequently referred to as sattva). Many students who come up against clinical depression may be characterized in One of two ways: inactive or agitated. Wherever your students fall on the spectrum, helping them focus on both the mental and physical effects of their yoga practice can bring them closer to sattva, and locate a more peaceful, balanced and joyful state.
Lethargy & apathy (tamas): Use energetic poses and breathing, and consider pushing these students to move deeper into their poses to break through their mental lethargy. Try vigorous asanas such as Sun Salutations or challenging arm balances.
Anxiety & agitation (rajas): Use calming exercises such as mild backbends, and forward bends, while concentrating closely on breathing.