Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation
Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation incorporate physical and mental wellness practices to help improve overall wellbeing.
People have been practicing yoga for thousands of years to help bring harmony to their bodies and minds. It’s said to have originated in India, but is now enjoyed throughout the U.S. and around the world for both physical and spiritual growth.
Types of yoga
There are several types of yoga, but most styles incorporate a variety of physical postures, deep breathing, and relaxation techniques. Some of the most common types of yoga today include:
Hatha yoga is often recommended for beginners because it’s a slower paced practice that focuses on the basics. It’s a great opportunity to learn about breathwork, meditation, and supportive posture.
Offered at most yoga studios, vinyasa invites people to flow from one pose to the next. Vinyasa prioritizes breathing control and tends to move at a quicker pace than some other types of yoga.
Kundalini is a more spiritual—less physical—form of yoga that is ideal for anyone who is looking to reconnect with their inner self. It incorporates meditation, dynamic breathing, and chanting.
Mental health benefits of yoga
Regularly practicing yoga has been shown to reduce symptoms of certain mental health conditions. Some of the leading benefits of yoga are that it helps:
- Promote relaxation
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Improve emotional regulation
- Increase mental clarity and self-awareness
- Improve sleep