To say that yoga has exploded in popularity over the last few years would be a gross understatement. Once regarded as quite niche, it’s now well and truly mainstream and is certainly attracting the masses.

One person who has embraced this movement is Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath. He has experienced the advances in this practice, and has seen how many people have benefited mentally from what yoga can bring.

To highlight just how yoga can promote that elusive peaceful mind and bliss, we are now going to take a look at some of the mental benefits that he has discovered through years of experience within it.

It reduces stress by phenomenal amounts

This first benefit is backed by complete science. In fact, there is a surprising amount of science behind yoga – which is probably why it has come on so much over recent years.

Studies have found that it can improve your general well-being simply by reducing your stress levels. If you are the type of person who feels that the world is constantly on your shoulders, the fact that yoga concentrates so intently on your breath and body means that it’s just utterly relaxing.

It can help combat depression and anxiety

Two of the biggest modern day medical concerns are depression and anxiety. Fortunately, there most definitely seems to be a lot more understanding of the two problems, but they still exist and there’s no one-fits-all cure.

Something that a lot of people have experienced success with is yoga though. The way in which the practice works is that it can manage the way in which your body handles stress. Not only this, studies have shown that it can lower blood pressure, which as we all know goes hand-in-hand with the likes of depression and anxiety.

It helps those of you who struggle to focus

Whether it’s the rigors of day to day life or something else, we’re not going to speculate. However, what does seem true is that lives are busier and as such, more people are struggling to focus.

This is where yoga enters the fray again. Due to the way in which the various practices can clear your mind, it’s regarded as an excellent antidote for those of you who are struggling to concentrate. In a similar vein, if you have noted that you are suffering lapses in memory, it can work in a similar way and aid in this respect.

It can help to heal the effects from traumatic experiences

We’ve spoken about various conditions that are on the rise through this piece, and another that falls into this category is PTSD. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is becoming more common across the country – and it doesn’t just affect the groups that it was once only associated with. In other words, anyone (including you) can be affected.

Treating a mental condition caused by a past experience is unsurprisingly difficult. This is again why yoga is being turned to by so many people, as it can work to reverse the effects and once again clear your mind.