It should be no surprise that yoga can inspire a path toward wellness. Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years and is credited for improvements in mental clarity, mindfulness, mobility, flexibility, posture improvement, and a general sense of well-being. According to the American Psychological Association, there is a large body of research that shows yoga can help relieve anxiety and depression, heal emotional wounds, and reduce stress¹.
A recent study cited by Harvard Medical School found that yoga may even help reduce the intensity of symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)². In the study, veterans with severe PTSD who participated in a six-week yoga program enjoyed a dramatic reduction in their Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale scores. Yoga reduces the impact of stress responses like increased heart rate, muscle tension, and elevated blood pressure, which is helpful for alleviating both anxiety and depression. Additionally, yoga may help the body learn to reduce its stress responses.
We incorporate yoga into Destination Hope’s therapy as a way to stay grounded, but also to help us understand the idea that our bodies are to be respected. The practice of yoga is a baseline for getting to know ourselves, our limitations, and our self-perceived boundaries. As we learn and progress through our practice, we slowly gain confidence and respect for ourselves as we attain better posture, improved mobility and flexibility, and an overall new sense of grounding. Ultimately, clients enjoy the benefits of better sleep, fewer aches and pains, lowered stress and anxiety levels, and improved confidence through this meditative practice.