De Stress with Yoga

The entire world has been raving about it and you were thinking that these incredibly difficult postures and meditation is not your cup of tea! But, if yoga can de-stress, it surely can’t be too stressful to do it? It has been scientifically proven that practising yoga has amazing health benefits such as reduced stress and tension, enhanced strength and balance, reduced blood pressure levels and cortisol levels. Yoga has proven to be irreplaceable in stress management incorporating many physical and psychological health benefits.

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What is the Correct Time to Start Yoga?
Well, to answer this, it would be suffice to say that it is never too late to begin yoga. In a research study conducted by The American Council on Exercise, it was stated that the regular practice of yoga has played a significant role in improving the flexibility, muscular strength, endurance and balance of the practitioners. In addition, the correlation between the breathing and the mind/body spirit provides strong emotional and psychological benefits. Regular yoga helps you in sleeping better and keeping stress free.

For those undergoing emotional turmoil, yoga is very good. It helps you on not focusing on things that are not under your control and live in the present. It brings about an overall positive effect in you and helps you to handle stressors in a much better and calmed way whether on personal front or on professional front.

How to start practising yoga?
• Break your myths about yoga and start practising. Those who say that you have to be highly flexible are unaware of yoga and postures involved in it. Yoga is meant for anyone and it helps in creating awareness about your own mind and body connection.
• Learn from a responsible teacher, try out different styles and choose the one which is most appropriate for you.
• Don’t worry yourself about how well you are doing yoga or in comparison with others. The primary intention of yoga is to relax yourself and that is what you should try to achieve
• Only pursue what your body can take comfortably and understand that it is a deeply personal practice. If there is something which you feel is not god for your body, don’t do it. Learn to identify the signals from your body and push the limits of your body in a subtle manner.
• The key to stress management is to focus on your breath. Learn to do that.
• Learn to go into deep relaxation. Corpse pose practised at the end of yoga is intended to relax you. Try this by simply lying on your back with arms held on the sides, eyes closed and deep breathing.
• Do not compete with others while in the yoga class. Yoga is only about you, so focus on your physical movement and mental relaxation.

The correlation between breathing and stress
As mentioned earlier, the key to stress management through yoga is to have a control on your breath. It is suggested that you should breathe through your nose only to allow the heat to stay within your body and mind focused. Focusing on your breath helps you to achieve the aim of yoga; letting go of anxiety and disturbing external thoughts.

It has been said that shallow breath is the source as well as a result of stress. The remedy for de-stressing in yoga is to slow your own breath. Nasal breathing is significant because it offers more resistance to air flow in the nasal passages resulting in a naturally slower respiratory rate. Nasal breathing is also beneficial in warming and filtering the air which is inhaled.

In certain forms of breathing, vocal cords are narrowed, resistance to airflow increased resulting in slow breathing. The sound generated in such kind of breathing is also used to create focus during meditation and hence is a contributor to a calmer mind.

Another fact of yogic breathing is that deep breathing can calm you. In the case of abdominal breathing where the diaphragm is allowed to inhale and exhale to their maximum volumes result in large breath volume. This is efficient in inhaling much more oxygen and exhaling only that much of carbon dioxide as is desirable. Hence, there are many physiological benefits associated with deep breathing as well.

Another technique which has been studied to result in instantaneous stress reduction is the increase in the exhalation as compared with inhalation. This helps in increasing the tone in parasympathetic nervous system which is helpful in enhancing relaxation.

De-stress with meditation
Meditation allows you to focus your attention and get rid of the anxious or confusing thoughts crowding your mind and creating stress. This also leads to a general improvement in the physical and emotional health.

Meditation is a powerful tool which can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance benefitting both your emotional and physical health. Meditation has long lasting effects and the results of meditation are carried with you to the next day as well. Meditation helps you in clearing off the information overload, various disorders such as anxiety, asthma, cancer, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure or pain.

There are many types of meditation and you can choose the one which is most suitable for you.

The different types of meditation are guided meditation, mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation, Qi gong, Tai chi, transcendental meditation and yoga. The most important aspects of meditation which help you in achieving a desired level of relaxation and de-stressing include focused attention, relaxed breathing, a quiet setting, and a comfortable position. The best part of meditation is when it is practised at home to achieve relaxation and this includes deep breathing, scanning your body, repetitive saying of a mantra, walking and meditating, engaging yourself in prayer of gratitude, reading and reflecting and focusing your love and gratitude to release your tension.

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