By Sally Phillips
For many people, yoga is practiced for its physical health benefits. It will make you stronger, more flexible and more resistant to injury. However, there is another side to the exercise. It is a practice which can have incredible psychological – even spiritual – benefits, bringing us closer to our true nature of happiness. So what are the main psychological improvements you can expect to see after taking up yoga?
Stress is an almost unavoidable part of modern life. If you want to earn a living and achieve your dreams, you are going to feel stressed out. The practitioner of yoga, however, knows how to overcome this stress.
After musculoskeletal disorders, stress is the most common work related health problem. Fortunately, yoga can improve both. Spending time before and after work doing yoga will help you manage stress more effectively and stop it from damaging you psychologically.
Relationships are an extremely important aspect of strong mental health, but did you know that yoga can improve this part of life too? Those who do yoga tend to be more peaceful and balanced. This allows you to live compassionately and with understanding. When any arguments arise between you and your partner or family, yoga will have given you the tools to act calmly and rationally. A healthy relationship means a healthy mind.
If you have performed yoga out among nature, you may have experienced something spiritual. The exercise produces a deeply meditative state which can put you in touch with something greater than yourself. For many people, yoga is the start of a spiritual journey.
You may find it leads to other fulfilling activities such as studying Buddhist philosophy. Yoga can open the door to a new way of thinking. This provides a deeper meaning to our lives. In terms of psychology, the search for meaning is an important aspect of feeling at peace.
If you are looking for more than just physical improvements, yoga could be the perfect exercise. It can help to balance your mind and improve other aspects of your life that contribute to wellbeing. In a busy world, yoga will bring down stress levels and prevent a nervous breakdown. It can also improve your connection to others and the spiritual world. There really are a never-ending list of benefits, both physical and psychological, which make yoga the perfect exercise for happiness.