Yoga helps reduce stress with its combination of physical postures, breath exercises, and mindfulness techniques. Regular practice develops a calm mind, relaxes muscles, teaches relaxation breathing techniques, and increases theta brain wave activity during final guided relaxation. read more
Hey there Sunshine,
I could go on for days about this. BUT, to try and keep it short, the heat and mental determination of the practice allows me to focus and quiet my mind.
Some of the postures are designed to help reduce stress too. The main focus of class is to breathe through your nose while holding the postures in stillness. When we breathe through our nose we turn on the sympathetic nervous system, allowing us to relax through such a stressful time.
By being put under so much pressure in the hot yoga room: trying to focus while being hot, sweaty, heart beating a milling miles an hour, and finding the strength (physically and mentally) to do a pose when every voice inside my head is telling me to stop, I've created mental strength.
Everything outside the room doesn't seem so challenging anymore. I can relax while sitting in traffic. It doesn't bother me waiting in line for long periods of time. It hasn't bothered me nearly as much as it used to if I got yelled at work. I know that everything will pass. It'll be okay, this is just a temporary crummy moment that will be forgotten soon after. That's what I've learned the most about this yoga. With that, you learn how to stay present.
If you've been considering taking a yoga class. GO DO IT! I recommend it to anyone. You don't have to be flexible and there's no judgement.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to write me back.
For all of my grumbling about it, and for all the aches and pains when I first started out, I can honestly say that it has helped to prepare me for the day. Not necessarily regarding stress, because I rarely feel stress....it's more about focusing my mind in preparation for the day ahead.
The other obvious bonus is that I am much more limber now after a month and a half of it....I just feel better because of yoga.
I have always said I couldn't relax enough for Yoga. I love pilates and try to do that via DVD 2-3 times a week. I just started Yoga today though via advice from my chiropractor and massage therapist to help regain some of the flexibility I lost after back surgery. I also am hoping to work on my breathing so that it can transfer into my running. I will say I left the class feeling really good AND felt like I got more of a workout than I expected.
I think a big part of reducing stress in yoga is the self discipline you have to develop. When I first started yoga, I couldn't meditate very long without my mind wandering off to things I was worried about. Over time I learned how to reduce stress by focusing my thoughts, keeping my face calm during difficult poses, and using correct breathing techniques.
Hello, I am practicing yoga for quite some time now, and I can say that it had changed my life dramatically. I'm practicing Bhakti Yoga which focuses on realizing your real self, who you really are and what is your relationship with God. It is a holistic process that gradually cleanses the impurities of our heart and mind. It is a process where you can get to know and love God in the real sense...and just by simply appreciating the Supreme Being, the Supreme Controller, the practitioner can immediately eliminate stress. In Bhakti Yoga, we are taught that we are not the controller. God is. Having this knowledge, I know that God is doing what is best for everyone. I may not understand his decisions, but being the All-Intelligent Person, He knows perfectly what he is doing. In this way, I won't have to think about the problems gravely up to the point of breaking down. Simply by laying to God all our stresses, we won't be affected by the pains and miseries in this world.
Yoga is very good for health.Pranayama is also good for body.It gives
opportunities to soul to flourish.Will power becomes strong through it is
practice it makes the life meaningful and social.It help to resolve the
deepest of neuroses,fears and conflict which play their part in cousing
stress and ill health.It is also good for digestive ststem and liver functioning.
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