Beside the benefits we know yoga has on the physical aspect of our body, there has been some significant proof that yoga can also improve our mental health.
Many yoga practitioners report significant benefits on what we call “mental health.”
One way of understanding this is, whether is exercising in general or yoga in particular, if we put our bodies to work, this will have a positive impact to our physical and mental health.
Simply put, you will experience a calmer, clearer and stress-free mind — and that is because the mind and the body are not separate.
If we do something to the body, it will affect the way the mind works. Consequently, if we do something that benefits the body, the mind will experience the benefits as well.
But it’s important to say that there are limits to that.
Yoga for the body, benefit your mind (physical health = mental health)
Yoga does not only benefit the mind, whilst you work with the body — it is a multi dimensional approach.
Firstly, while you work on the body and experience all the physical benefits of yoga, your mental health improves as a consequence and, as your mental health improves, your body will experience the benefits as well.
Working directly on the mind with yoga is largely done through meditation techniques. And the breathing technique is the link between the two.