Even though yoga practice leads to a union of body and mind, some yoga practitioners don’t always appreciate that the emotional benefits of yoga are just as powerful as the physical ones. What draws you to yoga the most? What does yoga teach you? Do you follow its guidance, and recognise the effect on you? Have you experienced some of the emotional benefits?
Let’s have a look at some.
Present Moment Awareness
Focusing on the present - letting the past and the future fade away - might be a challenge. However, when you practise being in the moment regularly, you stop dwelling on the issues from the past and worrying about the future. You are more positive about yourself, handling calmly whatever happens, and you become free of the negative thoughts that you don’t need. Your awareness will largely improve your mental wellbeing.
Many practices of yoga can help you reduce your stress level. An example of that is Pranayama – breathing technics. Practising attentive breathing has contributed to reducing cortisol, the primary stress hormone. Also, while practicing yoga postures endorphins are released. This group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system, has a number of physiological functions. For instance, they can improve your disposition, and help you manage stress better.
Through its simple methods, yoga teaches us how to be in the present moment and approach problems with calm, balance, and mental comfort.
"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life." Eckhart Tolle