“Exercise can help improve mood and reduce anxiety,” including yoga


MCALLEN, TX (ValleyCentral) – According to Director of Clinical Services for South Texas Health System Behavior, Joseph Garcia LCP-S [licensed professional counselor-supervisor] Exercise has been shown to be beneficial for cognitive functioning.

“Studies related to depression, anxiety and response to exercise show that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety,” Garcia said. .

Garcia said that exercises such as yoga can have a positive impact on a person’s mental and physical well-being.

Certified Yoga Instructor Karla Cavazos added that “we are more in our minds than we realize. We are our own biggest critics.

Cavazos said that with the exercise of yoga, there is a sense of comfort with every stretch and meditation.

“You just get a sense of relief that if I can do this I can do anything because a lot of people who try yoga have never done it before,” Cavazos said. “Once they complete the course, they feel like a whole different person.”

Cavazos explained that his exercises allow his students to focus on things they can control.

To achieve this control and relief, students must follow the flow of the whole body.

“We’re going to start from the bottom up, building ourselves from the bottom up, then back down again,” Cavazos said. “Usually a whole body flow will start with a few chaturangas [low plank]- nothing too extreme.

Cavazos told Valley Central that his yoga instruction lasted 40 to 60 minutes and allowed each student to focus on a new part of their body.

According to Cavazos, she will teach UTRGV students the practice of yoga over the next two weeks, on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

For more information on Cavazos yoga sessions, click here.


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