According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 4 people are affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives. However, in the Philippines, it still lacks attention and is largely shrouded with stigma. Since it was also National Mental Health Awareness Month, Certified Calm partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to conduct a yoga session led by Ms. Isabelle Dulay-Naval of Yoga Bliss Manila for the ladies of the DSWD Sanctuary Center in Brgy. Addition Hills.
Yoga is a mind and body practice. They come together because of its physiological and psychological benefits. Studies show that it sharpens attention, reduces stress, and contributes to holistic relaxation – all of which are very beneficial to people experiencing mental health issues. Despite their condition, the women at the sanctuary are still capable of doing daily activities with the help of yoga and meditation. In fact, when we asked them, they said it made them happy.
Certified Calm’s mission has always been about giving back and empowering women. They also partner up with different organizations that share the same cause. They dedicate time and provide a different service for the community targeting issues of women. It’s really a humbling experience to be part of a bigger cause. Despite what is going on in our country today, there are little things you can do to make a change. If you want to join the community, follow their Instagram account at @certified_calm
It’s really important to educate yourself , encourage people to take action, and address these issues, whether you’re struggling or know someone who is. Yoga could be a great start to enhance your physical and mental health; I have seen it impact people greatly and encourage you to try it, as well. There are different classes for beginners and experts, and you can even do it at home. Also, the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) has a hotline with trained respondents to help those in need anytime: 0917-899-USAP (8727)