As promised, I wanted to follow up my post Yoga and Mental Health with a companion post full of resources that describe the ways in which yoga can benefit your mental wellness. Here are a few of such resources with a brief overview to help you decide whether you would like to begin a yoga practice that may benefit your mind (though this is *not* a substitute for treatment from a psychiatrist or therapist, yoga can be an added tool to alleviate mental illness):
In an article from Psychology Today, the author gives an overview of the ways yoga can support deep relaxation and calming of the physiological nervous system, as well as support slowing down the breath and heart rate. See Take a Stand for Yoga Today for more information.
At the American Psychological Association, the organization lays out how yoga can help people with anxiety, and particularly trauma. The organization also talks about how psychologists are incorporating yoga into their practice as a tool for use in conjunction with therapeutic methods. See Yoga as a Practice Tool for more information.
In a piece by Yoga Journal, the author lists out 5 different ways that yoga can creatively help with mental health and well-being, that are also backed up by biopsychological science. These benefits include a movement away from the sympathetic nervous system towards a calming effect of the parasympathetic nervous system, as well as improvements in sexual health and relationships with partners, among others. See 5 Ways Yoga Benefits Your Mental Health for more information.
At Healthline, the author writes about 13 different benefits to physical and psychological health that may come from a yoga practice. From decreasing the heart rate to alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, this article shares the possible positive effects that yoga can have on the body and mind. See 13 Benefits of Yoga That Are Supported By Science for more information.
And on Positive Psychology, the author lays out over 60 different ways that yoga can be a great companion to your toolkit for combating mental illness. Each of the ways, including the benefits yoga practice has on mental health specific to men and children, are outlined and supported by scientific research. See 60+ Benefits of Yoga for Mental & Physical Health for more information.
While the research on benefits of yoga to mental health is still relatively new, it continues to grow as more scientific data becomes clearly studied and available. Although this list of resources is by no means exhaustive, it can be a good place to start if you are considering beginning yoga or deepening your practice for the positive impact it can have on your mental health.