Yoga Therapy: Suicide - thoughts

Yoga Therapy or yoga practice in a theraputic way can be an essential tool for mental health. Thank you to a lovely fellow yogi Vernette who posted this today. I've added a few thoughts below

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So suicide is the number one silent killer of good people! So if it's a killer, it should be a big concern. But it's not!!!

That said, September is Suicide Prevention month . If I don't see your name, I'll understand. May I ask my family and friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy and paste this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all of those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just needs to know that someone cares? Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. I hope to see this on the walls of all my family and friends just for moral support. I know some will!!! I did it for a friend and you can too. You have to copy and paste this one, NO sharing! God Bless!! And stay safe! .........................................................................................................................................................................

--Suicide remains the most common cause of death in men under the age of 35 (Five Years On, Department Of Health, 2005).--

Yoga is a tool to help people whether they are feeling stressed, anxious, worried, suffering an injury or just want some physical exercise. For me yoga started off as physical exercise and then became so much more. The meditative qualities of yoga can bring a person back into the present mindset and allows you mind to be clear. The physical aspect assist the body-mind connection.

I’ll be honest, I used to think suicide was a selfish act, I lost my mum to cancer, she wanted to be here, living and enjoying life with her family, but that choice was taken away from her. As well as my own experience I’ve seen friends suffer from depression and anxiety, as a secondary school teacher I’ve seen young people suffer from various disorders, lack of self-esteem and trauma. As I’ve grown older, I’ve began to realise that everyone has a story, everyone experiences suffering at some point in their lives. Often it can be a temporary feeling and life does get better, but with a trauma or mental illness it can always be there and often we don’t know how to deal with it.

As someone who can live in their head and overthink everything, yoga helps me get out of that space and into something much more meaningful, gives me a calm, grounded feeling, that nothing else does. In the stillness can come the answers I am seeking without force. Yoga gives you an insight into your body, your thoughts, pain, tension and how to let these go. A yoga practice may not bring you bliss or enlightenment, but it might give you a small moment of peace, a sensation of warmth, comfort and hopefully some tools or insight you can carry into your daily life to cope with challenges that are thrown our way. Yoga provides a safe environment and builds a community, please remember you are not alone.