Yoga and Mindfulness – evidenced through research – is effective in the prevention and management of both psychological and physical health conditions, particularly for people diagnosed with Mental Illness – including Anxiety, Stress, Depression, PTSD, Eating Disorder, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – as well as Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes and Heart Disease.
Systematic review and meta-analysis has found that movement-based yoga improves the mental health of people living with depression, post-traumatic stress, schizophrenia, anxiety, alcohol dependence and bipolar, with the benefits increasing the more yoga they practiced.
Yoga practice is widely recognised for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, manage BMI, and improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, resting heart rates, and helping slow the progression of atherosclerosis.
Yoga has been the subject of research in the past few decades for therapeutic purposes for modern epidemic diseases such as mental stress, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Individual studies report the beneficial effect of yoga for these conditions. Yoga is effective in prevention as well as management of stress and stress-induced disorders. It has been shown that yoga decreases anxiety, stress, and levels of salivary cortisol as well as plasma rennin levels, and 24-h urine norepinephrine and epinephrine levels.
Globally, approximately 450 million people suffer from mental illness, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting that one in four people will be affected by a mental health condition or a neurological disorder at some point in their lives. In Australia, almost half of adults (aged 18-85 years) will experience mental illness. Yogazeit’s aim, through accessible yoga and mindfulness practice, is to help prevent and control psychological, as well as physical illness from early childhood and youth through to the aged. Especially now with the global pandemic and mental Health issues on the rise, barrier-free access to yoga and mindfulness is more important than ever before.