5 Yoga Poses to Improve Your Mental Health

For hundreds of years, people have been practicing yoga as a way to calm the mind and form a connection between the mind and the body. Adding yoga into your daily routine ensures that you set aside time out of your day to take care of yourself.

Why Yoga?

In recent years, yoga has become a popular method of alleviating stress, and health research is suggesting that the benefits are significant. An article published by Harvard Medical Center says the study of yoga has demonstrated that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent. Thus, taking care of your physical health has equal effects on your mental health, and vice versa. Ultimately, there is growing evidence that yoga is a “relatively low-risk, high-yield approach to improving overall health.”

Why is yoga so effective? The physical and emotional benefits together are a double whammy. Yoga teacher and licensed psychotherapist Ashley Turner says yoga is the key to psychological and emotional healing as well as resolving issues with self-confidence, relationships, family of origin issues, and more.

“Yoga is a psychology — the whole practice helps us work with the nature of the mind, the nature of being a human, how emotions live in our bodies, how they affect our behavior and our minds”

Get Started

Practicing yoga for the first time can be daunting, but remember to take it slow and pay attention to your body. Take deep breaths, relax, and let your mind settle down. The key is to give it time and let yourself

1. Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana)

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2. Extended Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana)

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3. Wide-legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)

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4. Gate Pose (Parighasana)

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5. Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

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