The Benefits of Yoga & Mindfulness

Whether you define yoga and mindfulness as movements, hobbies, trends, disciplines or something else, what is irrefutable is they are about as mainstream, popular and influential as they come right now.

Everyone who practices yoga and engages in some form of mindfulness meditation is unique and will have a different outcome or goal in mind they get onto the mat or cushion. That being said, this brief article is going to specifically look at how mindfulness and yoga can have a positive impact on mental health.

While yoga and mindfulness are nothing new they both have rich and intricate histories that span thousands of years, in the past few years their popularity has skyrocketed.

Data from search giant Google suggests that searches for “mindfulness apps” and “yoga for beginners” grew by 65% year-on-year (2016 – 2017) and the volume continues to increase. On a similar note, since 2015 over 2,500 meditation apps alone have since 2015. It just goes to show how large our collective appetite for holistic wellness has become.

Now, in terms of the benefits of both practices, many studies have been conducted with a view to gauge their impact on mental health. This particular study concluded that “both yoga and mindfulness have demonstrated significant benefit in reducing the severity of depressive symptoms”.

A piece published in The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice concluded that: “There is growing research evidence supporting the use of yoga as an adjunct or combination therapy for the management of stress, anxiety and depression. Mindfulness has been indicated as a potential mechanism of change…”

Alongside the growing body of scientific evidence, there is also plenty of anecdotal evidence as to the effectiveness of mindfulness and yoga in positively impacting mental health.

One such example is Scott Robinson, an experienced finance professional in London who turned to yoga and meditation as a means of dealing with his stressful job. Now under the moniker of Yogibanker, he uses his yoga teacher training to help fellow professionals in high-pressure jobs deal with anxiety and stress. In an interview for the HFE blog, he says: “For me, yoga was all about creating a good ‘space’ during stressful times… I was in the City, a new institution, I was managing a team for the first time, and yoga was really there to help me get through that period. It was almost like my refuge or sanctuary which I could go to regularly – just to create a little bit of space to take the edge off the day. As a result, I’d sleep better and go back to work the next day and be in a better space mentally.”

If you’re keen to learn more about yoga and mindfulness, there is no shortage of resources and training out there. One particular place you could start, if you’re keen to help others, is by enrolling onto a yoga instructor course and becoming a fully qualified yogi. For more about the intricacies about mindfulness, right here on the Satis site would be a great place to start.

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Mindfulness helps people thrive during COVID19

Recent studies have shown those scoring higher in mindfulness tend to report higher levels of pleasant affect, higher self-esteem, optimism, and self-actualization. Also, lower levels of neuroticism, anxiety, depression, and unpleasant affect are reported in those scoring higher in mindfulness.

This means that those people who practice Mindfulness regularly are more likely to stay positive despite changes to their lives than those who do not. This is important because those same people are more likely to embrace the changes the pandemic brings. evidence also suggests these people will thrive during this crisis by seeking out and exploring new opportunities this new situation brings.

It must be considered that some individuals are more proficient at putting themselves into a state of mindfulness than others. Not all people find Mindfulness an easy practice to continue regularly as studies show that the willingness and practice of mindfulness varied as well.

The evidence here showed that all humans have a “radar” for internal and external experience, which is awareness, but it must be cultivated like any other skill. Consciousness is built through harnessing the focusing of that awareness, which is attention. Mindfulness is enhanced attention to and awareness of current experience and the acceptance of things as they are which brings higher levels of consciousness.

To find out more about how mindfulness could help you during COVID19 contact john@satis.org.uk

Digital mental health for staff!

When organizations invest in preventive and supportive mental health solutions, a little goes a long way. Now more than ever, employees should not need to travel to access the resources they need to cope with and reduce stress. Mindfulness training can be done online or through a mobile app, making it accessible to almost everyone.

Research shows Mindfulness can reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression and isolation caused by home working. “Our brains have developed to focus on threat. Short-term stress and anxiety can be part of a healthy range of emotional experience and at times can help us stay safe.

However, when we experience chronic stress from working at home with not being able to leave work at work at the end of the day it can tax our immune system. This can cause more severe problems like anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance. Meditation helps deactivate the emotional center of the brain which is responsible for emotional reactivity that keeps us hooked to news cycles and fuels chronic stress. When we help our brains stay grounded we are better able to engage the rational part of our brains. This can help us understand information and make decisions from a place of fact versus panic” says Megan Bell Jones, Chief Science Officer at Headspace. She adds that meditation works by “helping people regulate emotions, changing the brain to be more resilient to stress, and improving stress biomarkers.”

Offering your employees a digital mindfulness program could help support their mental health during this period of uncertainty and worry is essential in combating the negative mental effects of Covid19.

Local Mindfulness Expert To Offer Free Classes For Anxious Stratfordians

John Earls, a popular local Mindfullness instructor with a thriving practice in Stratford has provided much needed help to stressed out and anxious residents of Stratford by offering free online virtual Mindfullness classes.

Many of his regulars are either unable to make it to class due to isolation with the suspected illness or are worried about new distancing protocols. Using readily available video technology John is now running a free weekly session live via his Facebook page.

John said “In these uncertain and unsettling times it is more important than ever for people to find peace of mind but it’s also vital to remain connected to each other. Mindfulness is the perfect activity for soothing the mind and with modern technology it’s now possible for me to connect with people in their own homes.”

Regular mindfulness client Laura Harcup said “I’m not feeling ill, I’m just worried about going out. I was really sad to miss my weekly class but with this virtual session I can take the class in my front room! It’s brilliant.”

The class is run on Monday evenings at 8.30 pm. John is planning to offer this free class indefinitely. For further information visit his website at www.Satis.org.uk.