“Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” Amit Ray
Being in a good mood can drastically change your perception on life and the choices you make on a daily basis - a positive mindset equals positive outcomes. However, let’s not overlook the days where it can seem almost impossible to even smile.
If you’re ever in need of a mood boost, consider doing some yoga! The practice of yoga combines breathing, mental focus, posture and stretching techniques, all of which can significantly improve your mood.
Today I’ll break down exactly how!
I’ve already mentioned how important it is to include breathing techniques in your yoga practice to improve your wellbeing, and this links to your overall mood too. Being aware of your breath intake can help lower stress and lets you focus on that specific moment in time, eliminating everything around you and putting your mind at ease.
Yoga is proven to increase gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels, a chemical in the brain that helps to control nerve activity. Research has revealed that the
GABA levels kick in after just a single hour of yoga. This helps keep depression and anxiety levels down, making more room for happier thoughts.
Did you know that your posture has a direct connection with your mind? The term is called embodied cognition. This body and mind connection sends messages to the brain that make you feel positive. So, if you have a great posture, you’ll automatically feel more confident and in tune with yourself.
And last but certainly not least, practicing regularly is key. It’s great to practice on days where you need an extra boost, but to receive all the amazing benefits yoga offers you must do it consistently.
Research shows the longer you practice yoga, the happier and healthier you’ll be!
Still not motivated? An online yoga course could be the perfect solution for you. Practice anywhere and at any time. See you on the other side!