Yoga has seen a massive rise in popularity over the last ten years. National Yoga Day represents somewhat of a peak, celebrated on the longest day of the year, the 21st of June. According to many studies, this practice, which is thousands of years old, is a powerful tool in managing symptoms of depression and stress. And in today’s world where there is pretty much an app for everything, Yoga Studio’s latest debut, the Yoga For Mental Health series could provide a crucial tonic.
This is especially true in cities from London to New York where people are most susceptible to the "S" word. Many argue it is the root of all diseases. In fact, according to sources, 98% of degenerative disease is caused by stress.
So, what is yoga? It is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that combines the body, mind, and soul. In today's world, it seems there is more of a variety of yoga styles than flavors of jellybeans. From Vinyasa flow to gentle Yin, aerial to aerobic, it seems there is a menu item for everyone when it comes to this age-old tradition.
Some may argue that a yoga app is something of an oxymoron. After all, yoga encourages the practitioner to indulge in switching off from the outside influences like technology, work, and social pressure. I wonder what the original gurus would make of the idea of now downloading an app to access yoga's benefits?
Perhaps this is to miss the point of yoga entirely. Whether you are transitioning from a warrior to a dancer under the guidance of a teacher via a class or an app, yoga does not judge. As long as you are receiving the effects of inducing the relaxation response and quieting the drama of your mind even for a few blissful moments, is the delivery that important?
The Yoga for Mental Health series implicates stress-reducing breathing techniques into its sessions. The series costs $1.99 per month, but Yoga Studio offers a free 14-day trial for anyone who wishes to try out the series to get an idea of the benefits.
And the benefits of yoga on mental health are vast, from reducing anxiety and depression to reducing the severity of symptoms from post-traumatic stress disorder. All through organic breathing techniques and asanas, this is a form of therapy open to anyone. The introduction of a new platform of tapping into its benefits could be a welcome antidote to the lifestyle for the 87% of the population that now suffer from some form of stress.
It’s just like a new jellybean flavor, try this series and you could have a new favorite. Ultimately, it’s important to do yoga in a way that works for you. Yep, do yoga YOUR way, whether that’s in the comfort of your living room floor, a studio, park or darn airplane. In your own pace and your own style, when it comes to yoga just do you. Bring on the flavors.