It has long been said that exercise can improve our mental health as well as our physical body. That doesn't necessarily mean we need to be hitting the gym and pumping iron! Simply getting out and walking briskly for 20-30 minutes can give us that 'boost' or help to change our perspective.
But did you know how beneficial yoga can be for some people struggling with anxiety and depression? The movements combined with the relaxed breathing can have a powerful effect on a person's mind and mood. In this article by Harvard Health Publications out of Harvard Medical School, yoga is put to the test in several different studies with impressive results.
"For many patients dealing with depression, anxiety, or stress, yoga may be a very appealing way to better manage symptoms. Indeed, the scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent. The evidence is growing that yoga practice is a relatively low-risk, high-yield approach to improving overall health."