We all know that feeling after a good workout. You feel energized, healthy and ready to take on the world. But not everyone has experienced feeling high after yoga – in fact, most people don’t even believe it’s possible. We’re here to tell you that feeling high after yoga is completely normal! In this blog post, we’ll talk about what causes feeling high after a yoga session and why you might be feeling so good afterward.
How should you feel after yoga?
What does yoga feel like to me? This is an interesting question that many people ask when they are considering trying it! The answer depends on you and what class you take. If I could
describe the feelings other yogis experience, then maybe we can help each person discover how their own practice makes them feel. So feeling high after yoga depends only on you.
Some say after a challenging but fun vinyasa flow session, they still have energy left over for dinner with friends afterward or go out dancing at night; others find themselves moving through life more gently- almost meditatively – so as not to break anything or send someone flying across the room during kundalini flow sequence in which one partner holds another upside down while balancing on just one foot (true story!) Either way, there is a feeling of wellness, calmness and elation that dances through the minds and bodies of yogis.
Why does yoga make me feel so good?
Yoga cultivates calm and self-reflection
Yoga is a great way to slow down and give yourself the time you need for self-care, as well as a space where feeling high after yoga can happen. It cultivates calm and reflection so that we are better able to recognize when our stress levels begin to rise again before they make us sick or depressed.
What else makes me feel good? Outside of feeling high after yoga, there are many other activities that may have this same effect on your mood: meditation, spending time in nature. Or just doing something new like trying sushi!
That feeling of high feeling lasts about two hours post-yoga and fades away gradually if I don’t do anything too exciting afterward (although it’s usually replaced by an even better feeling – feeling calm and grounded).
Yoga teaches you mindfulness
Another feeling we experience is feeling high after yoga. When you take time to focus on your breath, body and mind during routine practice, it’s easy to recognize how quickly the rest of the world falls away. Yoga teaches us mindfulness – paying attention in a particular way that involves non-judging awareness with purposeful action (as outlined by Jon Kabat Zinn). It gives us an opportunity for self-reflection and often results in feeling calm but energized afterward. Yoga has been shown to help regulate our moods as well as boost energy levels; those can both make you feel like this! But there are other ways that feeling high after yoga.
Yoga helps you battle the blues
Research shows that people with low levels of GABA have a higher risk for depression and anxiety. People who practice yoga regularly are less likely to suffer from these mental illnesses because they raise their own amino acid levels through exercise, which helps keep them balanced mentally. When I read this study, it gave me an extra reason to move into my favorite tree pose so I can stay healthy both physically and psychologically!
Scientists have long sought a cure for anxiety, but new studies show that it just might be as easy as picking up some yoga pants and practicing.
Many people turn to wine when they are feeling anxious or stressed out – this is because the alcohol in the drink can trigger GABA production by an increase of serotonin levels. But now researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say that even without drinking you could still get your hands on more stable levels through consistent practice with yoga!
Yoga has also been found to reduce the level of cortisol. When high levels of cortisol are secreted within the bloodstream, stress levels rise and there is a higher propensity for depression. These researchers recommend that people use yoga as an anti-depressant on its own or in conjunction with medication because it can act quickly due to how effective it is at reducing one’s overall stress load and improving moods across the board. And yoga has also been found to reduce the level of cortisol when put under pressure by your environment or when you’re feeling down. High amounts cause more anxiety which increases your risk for developing other mental illnesses like depression – these scientists were surprised at just how well they’ve seen this work overtime! They suggest trying out the different types to find your favorite and keep feeling high after yoga.
So if you are currently considering therapy, might I suggest yoga instead? In a recent study by the University of Minnesota, there was found to be no real difference between the results of yoga and cognitive behavioral therapy on depression sufferers. And not only does practicing at least 20 minutes a day help with your mental health in general–suddenly being able to take stunning pictures at sunrise is just an added bonus!
In one professional opinion cited from The Huffington Post’s article “What Is ‘The Cure?’ Exploring How Yoga Can Help Fight Depression,” it noted that many people who suffer from anxiety or severe mood swings may find relief for their symptoms by doing some form of activity like exercise (like taking up Hatha flow), mindfulness meditation, expressive writing
If you’re looking for a way to improve your mood, reduce stress, and increase focus in your life, try practicing yoga on the regular. Yoga is proven to help with depression as well as anxiety thanks to its ability to relieve physical tension and emotional strain while also allowing practitioners time for reflection. The next time you want something that will make you feel good from within and outwards give it a shot! You won’t regret it.
Thank you for reading!
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