Yoga: A saviour for mental and physical health

Lockdown had introduced the all new "work from home" culture to all of us and gradually we've known that it is not as comfortable as it sounds. The work pressure is two times on everyone - the working professionals, the students and even on the home makers. Anxiety and restlessness is common during this time. Taking extra care of mental health is a necessity.

Tracing it's roots back to over 5,000 years ago in Indus- Sarasvati civilization yoga is a panacea. Practicing yoga even two times a week can have significant affect on symptoms of anxiety, depression and insomnia. Yoga is much more focused on the practitioners "inner" experience than their "outer" experience. It is much more than stretching and strengthening. Deep breaths are like little love notes to the body.

Yoga can activate work to help 'reset' your brain to a calmer, more collected state giving you the baseline mood you need to deal with the stress you encounter every day. Yes, it can make you feel like you just had nice relaxing cocktail!

Yoga can have significant benefits for women including-

• Lessening stress and reducing the severity and frequency of anxiety and depression symptoms.

• Helping to deal with hormonal changes during your cycle and during menopause.

• Effective weight management and confidence building.

Juggling between office/ school/college, gym, running and lifting weights used to be a significant part of our routines pre lockdown and shall continue to be post lockdown too, but this is the time which has left our mental health most vulnerable and cultivating mindfulness is the need of the hour. Yoga is the foundation of youth and I hope you master some asanas before all this ends.


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