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The Psychological Benefits of Yoga
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Namaskar,We read so much about stress, but it is easy to forget the larger problems chronic stress can cause. Suicide, depression, heart attack, stroke and homocide are all reactions to stress gone wild. Yoga is a stress management therapy that can help anyone maintain sanity at a crucial time.When that stress intensifies it takes the form of tension, tightness. When that tension is not released and it takes greater hold in the expressions of our mind, then psychological problems are often experienced. This is the beginning of a psychological imbalance and problem, and it keeps on snowballing eventually including the decrease of our physical wellbeing. When a tiny ball of snow begins to roll down the hill it becomes bigger and bigger.Yoga says that there are certain methods to extricate yourself from the sticky side of the mind. In order to again harmonize and balance yourself, you need to develop certain qualities and aspects of your nature, beginning with the ability to release the tensions through the process of relaxation. Relaxation is a systematic approach to letting go of the accumulated blockages, not only in the mind but also in the body. After you are able to relax physically, mentally and emotionally, you are instructed through yoga to develop personal awareness, in order to witness yourself interacting with the world, society, family, and with your own limitations, ambitions and aspirations. Awareness is the result of leading a yogic lifestyle. Afterwards, with awareness, you have to develop a positive sense of towards yourself. When positive expressions are developed through the practices of reflection, concentration and introspection, which in common language is known as meditation, then you are able to harmonize the inner personality. When you experience inner harmony your body will be able to focus more on the physical aspects of your yoga practice.OM

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The Use of Yoga Training Practices to Promote Mental and Emotional Balance

Throughout the years, the known health benefits of practicing yogic methods have grown in leaps and bounds. For those individuals who experience heightened anxiety or depressive symptoms on a daily basis, yogic practices have been found to be a great, natural way to decrease tension and stress. The reason for why this practice is so beneficial for these individuals is due to the "mind-body" connection. The theory of "mind-body" connection states that the impact that a person's psychological well being may have on their physical well being is quite strong, as well as vice versa. With both psychological and physical states of being having a direct impact on each other, it becomes possible to create a positive change in either realm. Yoga has been found to be effective in treating post-traumatic stress disorder as well, and has been widely implemented and is used in treating combat veterans who are struggling with this harrowing condition.

Yoga techniques rely heavily on several key components. The use of slow, purposeful movement combined with deep, controlled breathing will cause changes within the body. This practice compels the individual to maintain control over the "fight or flight" response which is activated during times of perceived stress. The "fight or flight" response is activated through the sympathetic nervous system, and causes an individual to experience all of the symptoms associated with anxiety, including rapid heart rate, digestion upset, jitters, tensed muscles and an overwhelming feeling of panic. By utilizing yogic methods, one is able to regain control over the body's response to stress and is able to influence chemical changes in the brain to bring about a calm and relaxed state.

Yogic methodology has also been found to be effective for individuals who are suffering from depression. This ancient practice has deep seated roots in rhythmic chanting, spirituality and the constant strive for an enlightened state of being. Many individuals who are suffering from depression can benefit from the heightened state of awareness that often accompanies the practice of yogic methods. Additionally, there are more specialized practices within yoga, which focus on various areas regarding improvement of one's frame of mind. This is a main reason why yoga has become a commonly prescribed practice for clients of licensed counselors and mental health professionals - Effectively addressing such issues as depression and anxiety through the practice of yoga training has become a widespread practice due to the efficacy of this ancient art.

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