Yoga for Stress Relief
In the past decade, the yoga craze has been sweeping
the western world. What previously was seen as being odd or eastern
superstition has now become a western staple. Yoga can strengthen
muscles, increase flexibility, and help you sleep better. But
perhaps the most useful effect of yoga is its ability to decrease
stress; something we seem to have more and more of every day. If it
seems the world is piling up on you and you just need a break, why
not finally give in to the craze and try some yoga and visualization
exercises? They’ll not only reduce your stress level, they can also
help you live a longer, healthier life.
While there are many different kinds of yoga, most revolve around
the same principles. What we refer to as yoga now is a method of
balancing the systems of your body using poses and deep breathing
methods. These methods help stretch muscles, massage internal
organs, and leave your mind in a peaceful state. The full concept of
yoga also includes balancing diet and other aspects of your life.
You should choose a method of yoga based on what classes and books
are available to you, your dedication to yoga, and your physical
skill level. You should research all options available to you in
order to find the best fit.
So why is yoga so good at relieving stress? First, in addition to
the poses and breathing, it emphasizes a healthy and balanced
lifestyle. Living this way will help you be healthier with properly
functioning systems. If you’re not lacking in various nutrients,
your will function better, feel more energized, and be less
stressed. Yoga also helps build stamina and strength which can help
you cope better with the physical aspects of stress. It also helps
to calm you physically and mentally. This helps to relieve the
stress you may have built
up through the day. It also emphasizes
proper breathing methods. Generally we take short shallow breaths.
The long deep breaths used in yoga promote relaxation by changing
the carbon dioxide levels in the blood. Lastly, yoga can help
promote a full, restful night’s sleep. Getting enough sleep is very
important in helping the body and mind heal. This leaves you ready
to cope better with stressors the next day.
Adding visualization to your yoga exercises can make them even more
relaxing and more effective at relieving stress. The concept is to
visualize images that will guide your mood. If you think of sad
things during your visualizations, you’ll become sadder. This also
means that if your mind wanders to work and other stressors, you’ll
become more stressed. By teaching yourself to concentrate on
peaceful and relaxing images, you will help relive even more stress
from your body.
While they may take time, practice, and patience to master; yoga and
visualization techniques can be great tools to help you relax,
unwind, sleep better, and stay healthy and happy.
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