For thousands of years, yoga has been known to unite body, mind, and spirit through a combination of poses, breathwork, relaxation, and mindfulness techniques. For the past few decades, yoga has become widespread in Western culture and is commonly known to calm a busy mind and mitigate stress. There are many reasons why practicing yoga and meditation could be beneficial to your well-being. Read on to learn the various ways these practices could help you.
Name an emotion, and it has a function that’s been handpicked by millennia of natural selection. Unfortunately, our culture’s view of emotions is pretty unsophisticated. We tell people that having emotions is weak or shameful, which is about as dumb as telling someone that eyesight is weak, or that you should pretend not to have a sense of smell, or that using reason is something only sissies do.
A part of me dies every time someone asks if my job is just to sit there and “listen to people talk about their problems.” That’s actually not what therapy is, but somewhere along the line, people got the wrong idea. It’s probably mostly Hollywood’s fault, although some blame can be placed on therapists who actually do just sit there slack-jawed for an hour and then take people’s money as if they’d just provided a valuable professional service.