Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Yoga is a coping mechanism that is good for your mind and body, similar to exercise. It reduces anxiety, improves sleep, reduces stress, improves mood, reduces anger, improves concentration, decreases Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms , decreases depression symptoms and improves flexibility. According to Courtney E. Ackerman author of 60+ Benefits of Yoga for Mental and Physical Health " practicing yoga emphasizes the connection between our mind and bodies, and encourages you to use both at the same time. A yoga session requires precise and mindful movement, but it also calls for mindful thought and enhanced awareness". Therapist and Doctors include yoga as a part of treatment in addition to talk therapy and medication.

Children also benefit from yoga and it can be used as a family activity. Some schools have added yoga to their curriculum and extra curricular activities. Research has shown yoga can help children improve memory, focus, self-esteem,  improve academic performance, decrease anxiety and improve classroom behavior. My children and I learned yoga together this summer; my 7 year old daughter was upset anytime we missed a day and my 3 year old son sporadically does a yoga pose after not doing it since school started. My body felt less tense and more relaxed after a yoga session, it also helped heal my muscle pain. 

Below is a picture of my children doing the Tree Pose which is good for building confidence.  There are several types of yoga to choose from, just find one that is right for you. I tried hot yoga once, let's just say it wasn't for me lol.  Trying yoga a couple of days a week may be the coping trend you need to add to your coping skills tool box.

If you are looking for a yoga instructor or would like an introduction to yoga, click on the link for Rachel Baylor, a yoga instructor in the DC area or check out her instagram @yogirachelb

"There's Hope With Cope"

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