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Yoga & Meditation for Mental Health

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and encourage people to prioritize their mental health. Yoga and meditation are two practices that have been shown to have significant benefits for mental health and can be powerful tools for those struggling with mental health challenges.

Yoga is a physical and mental practice that has been around for thousands of years, originating in ancient India. It incorporates breathing techniques, physical postures, and meditation to promote overall health and well-being. Practicing yoga has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and increase feelings of well-being.

Meditation is a practice that involves training the mind to focus on the present moment, often by concentrating on the breath or repeating a mantra. It has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and increase feelings of happiness and well-being. Meditation can be practiced alone or as part of a yoga practice.

Yoga and meditation can be particularly beneficial for those struggling with mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that practicing yoga and meditation can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and improve overall quality of life. In addition, these practices can be helpful for managing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction.

If you're new to yoga and meditation, there are many resources available to help you get started. Yoga studios and meditation centers often offer classes for beginners, and many online resources are available, including apps and YouTube videos. Finding a teacher or resource that resonates with you and your needs is important.

As you begin to incorporate yoga and meditation into your routine, it's important to approach the practices with an open mind and a willingness to learn. These practices are not about perfection or achieving a certain level of mastery, but rather about cultivating a sense of presence and self-awareness. It's also important to listen to your body and honor its needs, taking breaks or modifying poses as needed.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, consider incorporating yoga and meditation into your routine to support your mental health. Whether you're dealing with a specific mental health challenge or simply looking to improve your overall well-being, these practices can be powerful tools for promoting mental health and self-care.

If you're struggling with mental health issues, know that you're not alone and there is help available. Seeking help for mental health concerns can be difficult, but it's an important step toward healing and improving your quality of life. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, or any other mental health challenge, there are professionals who can provide support and guidance. Mental health treatment can include therapy, medication, or a combination of both, and can be tailored to your individual needs. Remember, taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Don't hesitate to reach out for help and support, as there are resources available to help you on your journey toward healing and recovery.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness has information on different types of therapists and how to find one. Call the NAMI helpline at 800-950-NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741 for help in a crisis.

In Gratitude & Service - Brooke, Seeking Moksha

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