Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular yoga and physical activity. When practice yoga body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in brain that reduce perception of pain.
Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as "euphoric." That feeling, known as a "runner's high," can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.
Endorphins act as analgesics, which mean they diminish the perception of pain, they also act as sedatives. They are manufactured in brain, spinal cord, and many other parts of body and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. The neuron receptors endorphins bind to are the same ones that bind some pain medicines. However, unlike with morphine, the activation of these receptors by the body's endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.
Regular yoga has been proven to: Reduce stress, Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression, Boost self-esteem, Improvesleep, Strengthensheart, Increases energy levels, Lowers blood pressure, Improves muscle tone and strength, Strengthens and builds bones, Helps reduce body fat, Makes you look fit and healthy.
Types of Exercises That Are Better for Depression
It appears that any form of exercise can help depression. Some examples of moderate exercise include:
- Housework (sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming)
- Low-impact aerobics
- Playing tennis