Yoga Heals the Soul

Yoga Heals the Soul

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation
— MayoClinic

When I first started doing yoga I was in a dark place. I ate horrible foods, I drank a lot and had a negative mindset. One day I woke up and wanted a change. I started practicing Yoga when I was 20. Initially, I started practicing yoga for its physical benefits. 

After continuing the practice I realized that it brought me so much peace. 

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There have been times where my soul felt broke. Times of sorrow, anxiousness and defeat. Throughout the time I have been practicing, I have grown a deeper spiritual connection. The combination of breathing and stretching has helped me reach a place of peace and serenity. I noticed that over time I was becoming more peaceful, less anxious and less depressed. I also became more centered and patient. 

The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating, releasing cortisol – the stress hormone – from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is often used to measure the stress response. Yoga practice has been demonstrated to reduce the levels of cortisol. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.
— Yoga Alliance

The benefits of yoga are amazing! Studies have shown that Yoga:

  • Lowers stress levels
  • Increases flexibility
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves lung capacity
  • Improves sexual function
  • Anxiety relief
  • Relief from neck and back pain
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Lowers risk of heart disease

If you want to start practicing yoga, I highly suggest trying videos on YouTube or downloading free apps. 

If you practice yoga, how has it restored your soul?

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