Stress is part of our lives. For starters, there’s your hectic schedule. Like when you need to get up early for work, tackle a lot of paperworks, and need to prepare meals at home – just to name a few.
Don’t forget about emotional stress too. Going through a rocky relationship, argued with a parent, weighing an important decision. With many things running on your mind, it’s easy to be stressed.
If stress is getting the best of you, you might want to hit the mat and do some yoga.
Yoga is a mind-body exercise that comes with physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation. All of which can help relieve your stress. On top of it all, almost anyone can do it.
How Yoga Can Relieve Your Stress
With yoga, we are able to control our breathing. Practicing specific breathing patterns can help us get into that “rest and digest” state and let our minds and bodies get some relief.
Yoga lets you gain easier access to your inner strength. This inner strength allows you to face overwhelming fears, frustrations and challenges that daily life brings. Aside from regulating your breath, yoga also releases tension from your large muscle groups, flushing them from every part of your body and supplying them with oxygen and nutrients. These help you increase feelings of well-being.
Meditating regularly can help reduce stress. Meditation calms your restless mind. To make this effective, we recommend removing all distractions and noises. Use these moments to focus on the quiet, calming sound of your breath. Do some simple meditation techniques such as repeating a mantra or getting back your focus on your breath when you’re distracted.
Yoga possesses the factors of relaxing exercises. Physical exercise can be an effective way to reduce stress. But it should have all the characteristics including aerobics, non-competitiveness, predictability, and repetitiveness. The good news is that all these features can be found in yoga, thus providing you with relaxation and reduce your stress levels.
Having troubles with self-acceptance? Stress also occur from low self-esteem and awkward social interactions. Practicing yoga, whether in a class or solo, can help you accept yourself in a better way and reduce social anxiety.
3 Stress-Relieving Yoga Poses You Can Try
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
This resting posture can help bring peace to your mind, ease stress and anxiety. It also benefits your nervous system and lymphatic system.
Kneel with your legs together, sitting back on heels. Rest your chest on your thighs. Place your forehead on the floor.
Curl your shoulders forward. Place your hands next to your feet, palms up. Hold onto this pose for 5 breaths.
Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Bridge pose gently stretches your back and legs while alleviating stress and tension. If you have anxiety, fatigue, backaches, headaches and insomnia, this is a great addition to your yoga poses.
Lie flat on the ground. Bend your knees with feet flat on the ground. Your knees should be pointing up to the ceiling and your arms should be placed alongside your body.
Press into your arms. Keep your feet on the ground. Move your hips up from the floor, opening your chest.
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
This pose stretches the hamstrings, thighs, and hips. It is helpful in fighting stress, fatigue and mild depression. To de stress yourself, this is best done with your knees slightly bent.
From standing position, exhale forward and bend your knees enough to reach your palms to the ground. Your head should be pressed against your legs. Feel your spine stretch as you pull down your head. Then straighten your legs to deepen your stretch.
Hold for 4-8 breaths. Bend your knees. Inhale while positioning your arms to your sides. Raise your arms and torso as you return to standing position.
We live in a modern life where we push ourselves over the limit. With yoga, we become more aware of our minds and bodies, to the level of focusing each part such as heart, toes, fingers, or stomach. A harmonious body and mind naturally reduce our stress.
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