Presentation (Project) Title

Yoga for Mental Health

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Holly Donahue Singh (Judy Genshaft Honors College)

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Abstract

As society has become more advanced an emphasis on mental health and physical health has been seen. Yoga has been the subject of research for many decades but now has been seen as a therapeutic purpose for many diseases like mental stress, anxiety, depression and even heart disease. Yoga is an ancient practice originated in India to the point of around 3000 BCE which was started as a way for spiritual development amongst the Brahmans to train the body and mind, to self-observe, and become aware of their own nature. Yoga involves using one’s limbs and own breath to reach the point of self-realization. This project draws on a multitude of published medical literature and accounts of practitioners to assess the impact of yoga practice on conditions such as anxiety and depression. Yoga can act as a holistic way of life leading to a state of healing in a physical, social, mental and spiritual wellbeing to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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Yoga for Mental Health

As society has become more advanced an emphasis on mental health and physical health has been seen. Yoga has been the subject of research for many decades but now has been seen as a therapeutic purpose for many diseases like mental stress, anxiety, depression and even heart disease. Yoga is an ancient practice originated in India to the point of around 3000 BCE which was started as a way for spiritual development amongst the Brahmans to train the body and mind, to self-observe, and become aware of their own nature. Yoga involves using one’s limbs and own breath to reach the point of self-realization. This project draws on a multitude of published medical literature and accounts of practitioners to assess the impact of yoga practice on conditions such as anxiety and depression. Yoga can act as a holistic way of life leading to a state of healing in a physical, social, mental and spiritual wellbeing to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.