Do you ever just want to curl up into a ball? Why Yoga can Reduce Your Stress.
Stress isn’t something you can entirely avoid. In fact, it kinda goes with the territory of being a human and living on this planet.
A little bit of short term stress may actually be quite helpful in certain situations, but here we’re talking about the stress that goes beyond the short term, the constant stresses of your day to day life.
Prolonged stress can take its toll on you affecting everything from your sleep, and digestion,to your sex drive.
This is where Yoga comes in, it can be a massive help in reducing your stress levels.
Many studies have found that a little yoga in the morning, at night, or even on a lunch break, can minimize stress and increase productivity. It is believed that yoga is so effective for stress relief because, aside from the physical benefits that yoga brings, it encourages a good mood, an increase in mindfulness.
Yoga practiced in the right way can be as soothing as a hug, a massage, or even a hot bubble bath.
When it comes to reducing tension and relaxing the physical body. Certain postures have a deeply calming effect on the whole system, particularly forward bends and inversions.
Restorative and Yin Yoga are by far the most relaxing types of Yoga.
When we are stressed out, the mind becomes over-busy, usually thinking about something in the future that we have little control over.
Learning to focus the mind on one thing at a time may seem like the most difficult thing in the world.
When you’re holding Yoga postures, flowing through sequences, or in a reclining meditation pose, everything begins to focus and slow down.
Stress and tension can cause us to breathe in a rapid, shallow way, which can lead to even more stress.
Yoga gives you the opportunity to breathe more effectively, using the diaphragm and utilizing your whole lung capacity.
Yoga teaches us to be sensitive to each movement and to listen to our bodies. The practice encourages us to exist in the present moment and to live in a more conscious and connected way.
When we are in a challenging place on the Yoga mat, awareness lets us see how our mind responds to stress. Our reaction might be to immediately pull out of the pose. Or maybe to push ourselves even further.
By developing this awareness to our stress patterns, we give ourselves the opportunity to be less affected by them, and to consciously choose another response.
In those stressful moments, you could practice saying to yourself…I am calm or all is well.
You can release your emotional energy throughout your Yoga practice, with postures that stretch your hips and shoulders.
Yoga, which derives its name from the word, “yoke” to bring together does just that, bringing together the mind, body, and spirit.
But whether you use yoga for spiritual transformation or for stress management and physical well-being, the benefits are numerous.
By simultaneously getting us into better moods, enabling us to be more focused on the present moment, and by encouraging us to give ourselves a break, Yoga is a very effective stress reliever.
How to Get Started:
We recommend online Yoga classes, they can be wonderful for beginners, because you won’t be surrounded by others and you can choose the level you are most comfortable with without having to feel self-conscious.
It is also nice to have someone talking you through the process and helping you to learn the correct forms where you can pause or replay them.
To sum things up..Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses with controlled breathing exercises, taking time out of your day to do it may lower your blood pressure as well as help you relax.The best part is almost anyone can do it!
So the answer is Yes, Yoga is a great way to reduce your stress levels so you can focus on the good things in life, and over time your Yoga practice will help you develop new habits towards a more relaxed internal state and therefore, less stress!