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Yoga and Spirituality in Mental Health: Illness to Wellness

Yoga and Spirituality

COVID has cast a pall of uncertainty all across the globe changing the course of many lives and livelihoods. Through this period of lockdown and social isolation, millions of people have suffered from some form of stress, anxiety and depression. It is important to know that how we act, react and respond to the situation will determine our future. Therefore it is important that we apply the practice of yoga and spirituality to our daily lives. This leads to the quality of mindfulness which can actively shape, and guide our evolution towards positive growth.

1. Remain Stress-free

Yoga with its path of spirituality has many benefits both to your physical health and mental well-being. Yoga and spirituality can be a way to cope with life’s challenges as it provides a sense of comfort and relief. There is research to show an improvement in physical and mental well-being. This is translated as improved strength, feeling less tired, less anxious, better appetitive and improved sleep.

2. Pranayama for Clarity of thought

Breathing techniques in yoga known as pranayama can take care of your emotional well-being and mental health. Start each morning with a simple breathing technique such as Anulom Vilom, Bhastrika pranayama, Kapal Bhati etc. Waking in this positive manner can clear your head leaving you feeling fresh and ready for the day. You can even end each day practising for a few minutes before you go to sleep. Pranayama will help you remain calm, and keep you prepared for whatever the day brings.

Also read: ‘Mental Health Plays Vital Role in Overall Wellbeing’

3. Self-talk: The Power of Introspection

Yoga encourages the process of quiet contemplation. By engaging in this method of introspection, you can become more clear-headed, better at making decisions and experience increased confidence. This can be considered as a therapeutic activity that has benefits for both the mind as well as the body.

4. Meditation for Mental well-being­

Meditation techniques can help you avoid stress and anxiety. Meditation sets up a process of discipline into your routine and can be transformative. There are many exercises in meditation such as Swaas Dhyan (breath meditation), Super Power Meditation, and Beej Dhyan which means ‘seed ‘or ‘origin’ which is also known as Aarambh Dhyan or Seed Meditation. These simple techniques give the practitioner the meditative energies that help him or her develop a meditative quality for the body and mind.

5. Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the quality to remain fully engaged and engrossed in the present moment. To achieve this, a combination of yoga asanas and meditation practices such as Bheej Dhyan, Pratibimbha Dhyan, Sthihi Dhyan, and Super Power meditation techniques can help in cultivating mindful presence.

The practice of Yoga helps you to tune into yourself to achieve greater self-awareness. Yoga and spirituality contain many that bring the benefits of discipline, happiness, bliss, and good health into your life.

(Disclaimer: The author is Grand Master Akshar- Yoga Master, Philanthropist, Spiritual Guru, Lifestyle Coach, Author. Views expressed are a personal opinion.)

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