5. A Calmer Self
The breathing techniques that yoga teaches you aren’t just about relaxation and finding your inner zen. Daisy says that these breathing techniques can help with serious conditions like anxiety and depression too.
“A key part to any yoga practice is to focus on your breathing, and it’s this simple sounding technique that helps achieve profound results, from reduced anxiety and improved sleep to overcoming complaints such as insomnia and depression.
“This is because the mind-body interaction works both ways. If you're stressed, your breathing rate will increase and your muscles tense, in turn leading to even greater stress.
“Conversely, when you slow down your breath and relax your muscles you automatically push your brain in the other direction, away from stress, and toward more relaxed thoughts,” she says.