Divorce, even at its most amicable, can cause an enormous amount of stress, anger, worry, confusion, and resentment. People often struggle to find ways to overcome the negative feelings that face them. However, in a recent study conducted by Amy Weintraub, director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute, she found that yoga is the key to helping individuals, who are battling a divorce. It not only improves mood and self-esteem, but also betters emotional regulation.
"Many celebrities, such as Jennifer Anniston, Michelle Williams and Uma Thurman, credit yoga as helping them through their painful divorces or breakups. For everyday people, that concept may sound crazy but there is definitely truth in that. Yoga helps individuals learn to push aside repetitive thoughts and compulsive bad habits," said Liz Mandarano, a Manhattan family law and divorce attorney at Bikel & Mandarano, LLP and frequent blogger for the Huffington Post Divorce Vertical.
Yoga encourages individuals to concentrate on their own well-being, which helps them handle how they react to others and problematic situations. Ms. Weintraub distinguishes yoga from other forms of exercise on both a physical and mental level. She points out that yoga focuses on present body sensationand emphasizes breath work and ones' thoughts as integrated with physical movements.
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