Yoga can help you relax and handle stressful situations more easily. It teaches you how to quiet the mind so you can focus your energy where you want it to go. You will become more self aware and through this self awareness you will manage your focus, mood, outlook and stress better.
Specific Yoga poses target areas where the body stores stress and releases that tension. Through meditation and breathing exercises, Yoga may teach you to clear your mind of worry, fear, and anxiety. If you carry those yoga skills outside the yoga session, you recognize stress and can reverse a chronic stress pattern helping you remain calm. Yoga has been shown to actually lower levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
Improved Mental Performance
Breathing techniques and stress reduction naturally leads less mental distraction, better rest, and therefore, better concentration. When you train your mind to become aware of your body, focus on breath and let stress release during yoga practice, you will also train your mind to focus on things outside the Yoga classroom. Concentration will be sharpened and you will feel more at ease as you concentrate better.
Mood and Energy
Mood and energy are difficult to measure, but almost everyone who practices yoga over a period of time reports a positive effect on positive outlook and greater energy levels. Yogic stretching and breathing exercises have been seen to result in an invigorating effect on both mental and physical energy and improved mood. Practicing yoga can even provide chronic pain sufferers with tools to cope with pain and help counter feelings of helplessness and depression.