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Mindfulness – or the practice of meditation as a way of improving your awareness of the world around you – is, in many ways, a modern, science-based spin on a variety of traditions such as yoga and meditation. In fact, in the vocabulary of the zeitgeist, mindfulness and meditation have become almost synonymous which is why it’s no surprise that mindfulness yoga is now becoming a common practice.
But how well do these two disciplines really mesh together? And what are the benefits of mindfulness yoga?
In this article, we’ll be taking a look at three ways in which yoga can improve your mindfulness and contribute towards better mental health in the long run.
Believe it or not, exercise doesn’t have to mean jogging up and down a hill at 4am through the wind and the rain – not if you don’t want it to. Different kinds of exercise serve different purposes, but if you’re just looking for a simple way to keep your muscles working, then yoga is a great exercise regime.
On top of that, it gives you a chance for some peace and quiet. After all, yoga is the calmest, most relaxing form of exercise you’ll find and, perhaps most importantly, it’s a great opportunity to get away from the overstimulation that comes with interacting with the modern world.
By practising yoga every day, you’ll give your brain a chance to destress and process the world around you without being disturbed.
How often do we really force ourselves to take a breath and stop? Once a day? Once a week? Once a month?
The truth is that, without a clear routine, it can be easy to get into the ‘non-stop’ mindset and not remember to give ourselves mental breaks. By making mindfulness yoga a regular part of your routine/lifestyle, you create a healthy pattern that will massively improve your clarity in the long run.
At this point, the bond between mental and physical health is very well documented, so it should come as no surprise to learn that mindfulness yoga is beneficial to both. Furthermore, by improving one you naturally improve the other helping to create a cycle of positivity.
When you get right down to it, mindfulness yoga is one of the most beneficial routines you can get into. If you want to feel more relaxed and more understanding, while also reducing muscle aches and adding to your regular exercise, then mindfulness yoga is the way to go. You won’t regret it.