Psychologists use yoga breathing exercises to relax themselves, patients

More than a few mental health professionals use the holistic regimen to relax.

More than a few mental health professionals use the holistic regimen to relax.

Ever wonder how a therapist can be so calm after talking with dozens of patients about their anxieties and deepest fears? It can't be easy. After all, the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that psychologists already experience stress caused by deadlines, overbooked schedules, long hours and seemingly endless billing paperwork. But apparently, yoga breathing exercises can help.

That's right – yoga breathing benefits psychologists and psychiatrists in the same way that it can help the patients themselves. And more than a few mental health professionals use the holistic regimen to relax.

According to a survey conducted by Gabriela Hirsch, a PsyD candidate at Alliant International University in San Diego, a regular yoga routine can be of incalculable benefit to overworked psychotherapists.

She found that psychologists often reported using yoga to control their stress, breathing rate and the balance between personal and professional responsibilities.

And that's not all.

"Furthermore, psychologists asserted that their regular yoga regimen was helpful in regards to their being empathic, compassionate and 'present' with their clients," Hirsch explained. She added that yoga also reportedly helped professional therapists maintain a nonjudgmental attitude.

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