Mental and Psychological Benefits of Meditation and Yoga


While physiological benefits of the yoga include increased flexibility, decreased muscle stiffness, weight loss, body toning, etc. the mental, psychological, and cognitive benefits of yoga are numerous. I would like to share with you these benefits. These were based on several studies and researches done around the world.

1) Yoga improves mental well being:
With the help of yoga, you can definitely throw away the unhealthy feelings of stress, tension, and bad emotions. According to the British Psychological Society, yoga involves concentration on the breath and body, which makes it a great way to soothe a person’s mind and relieve worries. By helping discharge tension and stress, yoga poses and breathing exercises (pranayama) keep a person free from such negative matters.

2) Yoga helps with anxiety and depression:
Yoga has been proven helpful in reducing anxiety and depression through relaxation, meditation, socialization, and exercise. According to a Harvard University article, yoga is able to accomplish this by helping regulate a person’s stress response system. With its ability to lower blood pressure and heart rate as well as improve respiration, yoga provides you with the means to deal with and resolve anxiety and depression without resorting to expensive medications.

3) Yoga boosts memory and improves concentration:
Yoga has been proven effective at improving memory and concentration. Sitting a few minutes in meditation is the perfect way to clear the mind and calm senses. By concentrating on your breath, you can silence the static noise in your head and focus your mind, and you can experience better remembering of things, good concentration, and much better performance of daily life activities.

4) Yoga improves the mental health conditions of adolescents:
Adolescence is a stage in one’s life when a variety of mental health problems are more likely to develop due to changes in hormones and growth. With the many cases of psychological disorders diagnosed in teenagers like anger, introvertness, violent nature, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, etc, yoga has been seen as a helpful safe method to use. This is according to a study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. This study had some of the subjects enrolled in PE classes centered on Kripalu Yoga. This type of yoga involved physical postures, breathing, relaxation, and meditation. In comparison to the control group, the yogis displayed better moods, lower levels of anxiety and tension, better anger control, improved resilience, and enhanced mindfulness.

5) Yoga reduces the effects of traumatic experiences:
People who have been abused, undergone big unexpected losses in life, etc. usually develop a condition known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Patients who suffer from this mental illness frequently experience nightmares and flashbacks. In cases where contemporary mental and pharmacological treatments have failed, Hatha Yoga has been shown to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms, according to the American Psychological Association. As such,
Yoga might just be a great counterattack against the ravages of traumatic experiences.

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