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The Benefits of Yoga in DBT

Yoga can be an immensely helpful addition to your overall treatment plan for bipolar disorder. It incorporates physical, meditative, and emotional elements that help you manage your mood episodes at the extremes and manage overall mood.

The practice of yoga is calming. It involves a combination of disciplined movement, controlled breathing, and meditation. This combination can leave you feeling relaxed and invigorated at the same time, ready to face your life stressors from a position of strength.

Yoga can also contribute to your overall physical fitness by targeting your flexibility and balance. Along with adequate sleep and a nutritious diet, exercise forms the basis of general good health. Overall health and wellness can help you deal more successfully with a chronic condition like bipolar disorder.

Yoga usually involves stretching and balancing your body in specific stances, called asanas, while practicing controlled breathing and meditation. This combination often leaves people feeling calmer, yet invigorated. It may help you manage stress. Stress can trigger mood episodes if you have bipolar disorder.

There are different levels and types of yoga. It looks different for every person. Soul to Sole tailors your yoga sessions to your individual needs and abilities, allowing you to practice safely and confidently in the comfort of your own space. You don’t have to be flexible or fit to do yoga, especially when it is designed just for you! Many of my clients have little to no experience with yoga and all report positive results.

Yoga is not intended to take the place of conventional treatments for bipolar disorder. You should continue taking any medications prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may also recommend alternative therapies, such as talk therapy. Those for whom medication is not an option find yoga to be a great addition to traditional therapy.

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