It is no secret that exercise is good for both the mind and the body. Joggers will even sometimes report a feeling called “runner’s high” which can be credited to the endorphins that are released during physical activity. It almost seems as though the body wants to thank you for exercising by giving you those happy chemicals we all adore! That’s why so many people have recently turned to yoga as a resource for aiding the mind in dealing with everyday stressors. Yoga (a practice which blends exercise and meditation) is used in the Hindu religion as a source of relaxation and is meant to reconcile the body with the mind. Today we are exploring the reasons that people find both yoga and meditation to be so beneficial to their overall health. Understanding the ways that these practices can help you is the first step towards a healthier brain and body.
One of the most important things that yoga and meditation experts often teach is mindfulness. The practice of being mindful allows a person to be in tune with the present and the thoughts they are currently experiencing rather than reliving the past or concerning themselves with the many possibilities the future. Most people, especially those with mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, spend a lot of time and energy thinking over the past and worrying about the future that they have trouble functioning in the present.
Leaving the Past (and the Future) Behind
Job Kabat-Zinn, creator of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, believes that “we drive ourselves insane” by being upset over the past and wishing things for the future; we never arrive at that perfect moment where we want to be present. This worrying can lead to crippling anxiety that will make it hard to ever enjoy the good things that come along while you’re not looking. Yoga can help someone be more mindful because it promotes the practice of being aware of the body. When we are pushed to be more aware of our bodies and the space they reside in, that awareness tends to reach our minds as well. Knowing that you are a conscious person standing in a room is sometimes the best way to relieve yourself of the weight of past and future stressors.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are physicians who practice all different types of medicine, but always take an approach that focuses on the whole body rather than just the problem area. These specialists understand that each part of the body affects one another; if one part of the body isn’t working properly, it could have something to do with another underlying condition the patient doesn’t know about.
DOs advocate the use of yoga and meditation to help relieve the negative physical effects that stress can have on the body. Headaches, neck pain, back pain, and stomach ulcers can all be caused by stress, and these things can be avoided by practicing daily (even for just a few minutes) as a precautionary measure. Yoga is cited on the American Osteopathic Association website as a clearly positive action to take towards improved physical health as well. Those who regularly practice yoga can expect to feel much stronger, more energized, and more flexible and experience better respiratory/circulatory health.
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