Mental Health Awareness Week 2017: How yoga classes can make you feel more positive

8th May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017: How yoga classes can make you feel more positive
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. The idea behind the week is to encourage more people to speak up and speak out about the mental health problems they may be facing.

There is still a huge stigma surrounding mental health in the UK, especially when it comes to men.

Here are some of the statistics from this years report:

- Only 13% of people report living with high levels of 'good mental health'

- More than 4 in 10 people say they have experienced depression

- 7 out of 10 young adults have experienced a mental health problem.

These are startling figures and show that mental health is still a big problem in this country. As part of the report, the Mental Health Foundation offer tips on how to improve mental health. One of them was 'Keep Active':

“Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and look and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy and also offers a significant benefit towards improving your mental health. Exercising doesn’t just mean doing sport or going to the gym. Walks in the park, gardening or housework can also keep you active. Short periods of high intensity activity also carry particular benefits to brain health as you get older.”

Yoga classes for mental health

One practice that combines exercise with emotional wellbeing is Yoga. Yoga is as much about mental state as it is about physical state. Many people who practice it say how much more positive it leaves them feeling.


First and foremost, Yoga helps you build a sense of confidence. It allows you to form a nonjudgmental relationship with yourself. By feeling more confident in your body and your mindset, you will feel more positive. You won't feel the need to prove yourself and won't fear difficult situations.

Stress Relief

Stress is a huge instigator of mental health problems. Many people struggle to cope when overwhelmed with stress. By practicing yoga, you can learn techniques that will help you to combat stress. These breathing techniques are transferable into real life situations which means if you're having a stressful time, you can prevent yourself losing control. The relaxation it offers also has a chemical effect by reducing the stress hormone Cortisol.


Yoga will allow you to be more reflective towards the way you feel. It will help you to understand that negative feelings are better out than in. By opening up and sharing the way you feel, it can help you work through your problems and to see things more clearly.

Inner Peace

The ultimate goal of yoga is to achieve Inner Peace. The meditative aspects of yoga help many people reach a more spiritual place in their lives. Once you achieve this, yoga becomes a fixed part of your daily routine and helps you maintain a positive lifestyle.

Find a yoga class near you

Even just a couple yoga sessions a week can make a huge difference both physically and emotionally. It's a low cost form of exercise and in the UK nowadays it's very accessible. There are thousands of yoga classes across the UK and many of them can be found on Yoga Class Near You.

If you want to find a yoga class for stress relief, simply enter your postcode on the homepage search of this website. Alternatively, download the 'NearYou' iPhone App and enter your location to find the nearest classes to you.
Source: Yoga Class Near You