3 Ways Yoga Heals ☀️
1. Yoga reduces stress
Yoga is a fantastic way of tapping into the parasympathetic nervous system.
The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for putting the body into a ‘rest and digest’ cycle, during which energy and resources are sent to help out with ‘housekeeping’ like digestion.
This is the opposite to the ‘fight or flight’ system, which activates when we experience stress and diverts resources away from things like digestion to the muscles instead.
With constant, low-level stress, the ‘fight or flight’ system dominates. Therefore, ‘housekeeping’ functions suffer. Mental function also suffers, as the psyche uses ‘rest and digest’ time to process experiences and generally clear itself out.
By using correct pranayama breathing techniques, and many traditional yoga exercises, one can slow the heart rate, calm the body, and activate the parasympathetic nervous system – giving your soul some much-needed rest!
2. Yoga helps to heal addiction
Many addicts turn to their substance of choice to artificially gain the parasympathetic effects described above.
They are unsatisfied with the state of their minds and souls and try to gain satisfaction through drugs and/or alcohol.
Of course, this kind of method will never bring the deep and lasting transformation which is needed in such cases. In fact, it will only make things worse.
Yoga can be fantastic for recovering addicts as it gives them the sensations of calm and control that they’ve been subconsciously craving.
Yoga’s powers of transformation can help addicts to heal the rift in their souls, which they were trying to fill with substances. Its relaxing effects can also help to combat cravings.
3. Yoga is good against deppression
Yoga is proven to be an effective complementary therapy for those suffering from depression.
The calm but physical nature of many yoga poses causes endorphins to release, giving a natural mood boost. Likewise, it helps to combat the stress response which can alleviate symptoms of depression.
‘Mental downtime’ is a healing and transformative time for the brain, during which the unconscious mind can get to work on the process of healing deep-down trauma and upset. Yoga provides this ‘downtime’ and the lack of stress and anxiety to the psyche is incredibly beneficial.