Article: “Heated yoga can significantly improve your mental health.”
Your yoga teacher says: “Duh!”
Newsflash: I’m not a doctor, I’m not a researcher, I’m not a psychologist, I’m not a therapist, and I’m not a dietitian. Shocked I know! I’m a yoga teacher that’s also a yoga studio owner, and entrepreneur.
I don’t know a lot of things, but I do know a lot about YESyoga and the yoga we provide. I’ve been teaching yoga for almost 10 years now, and yeahhhhhh yoga is good for you, duh.
Study after study has been shown that yoga can change your life, but a BFD (aka: big f*cking deal) study published in The Harvard Gazette just dropped saying that heated yoga can reduce depression symptoms by 50% and 44% of the people in the study were considered to be in remission from depression.
Or is it?
In case you forgot, that’s all we do at YESyoga: heated yoga. While this study specifically focused on “Heated Hatha,” and good news for you….vinyasa yoga is part of that, we’ve been also telling you this the entire time we’ve been in business…so thanks Harvard for finally catching up.
The study suggests that yoga at 2x per week was associated with a greater reduction in symptoms, but going to yoga at least 1x per week also was just as beneficial.
Not to be like duh, but duh!
Real talk, I knew this already, because I am proof. Yoga and meditation were, and still are, a huge part of my healing process with my PTSD diagnosis a few years ago, and honestly, I don’t know what I would have done without it. While PTSD and depression are different diagnoses, this new study just reiterates how impactful yoga can be on our mental health and well-being.
So now the real questions:
What are you willing to do to actually better your mental health and wellbeing?
Are you actually going to show up for the yoga class that you keep avoiding?
Are you actually going to start a yoga practice that you’ve heard so much about?
Are you going to start becoming more interested in how your life actually feels and how you actually feel and how your body actually feels, or are you going to stay focused on how everything looks?
That last question makes me jump out of my skin to be honest. To have someone say that to me always gets me fired up inside because I’m a little rebellious (IYKYK) and I normally can’t stand those type of questions when they get thrown at me. I realized though, that was a hard question that I truthfully needed to answer myself, which led me right back to the basics: yoga and meditation.
So, I can read you all the facts of the study and the Harvard article and all the science behind it, I can tell you how yoga changed my life, or you can just listen to your yoga teacher and say YES and try it yourself and see how contagious living courageously can be.
8 week is all it takes.
The study said the participants saw proven results after 8 weeks, and only 2 classes per week. If you start now, not tomorrow, but right now, you’ll see noticeable results before the Holidays. OMG could you imagine… like actually dealing with your family in a good headspace for Holiday dinner!?!? I KNOW. It’s shocking to consider. Anything is possible.
Just say YES to infrared heated yoga at YES!