The Importance Of Yoga And Mental Health

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Yoga and mental health are two topics that are often put in relation to each other. What if just taking one hour of the day to stretch and meditate could increase your mood? We ask the question, does yoga affect the mental health and wellness of a person? Yoga is a practice rooted in Indian philosophy that was expected to relieve pain, stress, depression and other physical and mental health issues. Mental health is based off of psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Meditation is also integrated in some psychology interventions, which promotes a mind-body intervention (Hendriks, 2017). Studies have shown why people practice yoga and all of its benefits. From spiritual enlightenment to alternative medicine and rehabilitation, yoga is becoming a hot topic in the health field. Lisa Diamond, a nurse practitioner and coach for health and wellness, studied yoga as a way for her patients to incorporate self-management into their care. From a more biological approach, yoga is viewed as a method for stress management and anxiety relief. Yoga activates the autonomic nervous system and endocrine system, the autonomic system controls involuntary actions in the body while the endocrine releases hormones in response (Diamond, 2012). The autonomic system is split into the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems which are both greatly affected by yoga. The sympathetic system controls the “fight or flight” response and get the heart pumping under stress; parasympathetic works
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