The Hidden Secrets of Yoga and Stress Relief
Everyone suffers from mild anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety can put your health at risk, drain your energy and keep the body in a constant state of stress. The effects of anxiety are magnified when the body is not being exercised; tension builds in the muscles, breathing remains constricted and your mind has no time to relax from the constant thoughts and feelings feeding the anxiety.
Yoga helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life. One of the key yoga techniques to counter anxiety is to focus on the breath. By taking slow, deep breaths during periods of stress, you body automatically takes in more oxygen providing more energy to all parts of your body. More oxygen in your cells clears your mind, reduces chronic fatigue, boosts your energy level and rejuvenates the skin by reducing water retention.
A few Yoga exercises practiced daily will help to regulate the breath and relax the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups. Yoga poses help to stimulate the body by making the muscles more flexible, providing stability and balance.
The Hidden Secret of Yoga
Yoga allow us to let our body rest and release any tension in the posture by gently stretching the muscles. By holding these postures, your body responds to the movement of energy by gently massaging your internal organs.
What no one talks about is that the busy mind has nowhere to go when we settle in. The mind likes to complain and starts giving you all the reasons why you should be talking on the phone, text messaging or going to the grocery store instead of practicing and holding the poses. But then something magical happens. Your mind gives up and settles down. It softly releases the inner voices and decides to go with the flow. You begin to take in deep breaths, stretch and release the tension. Now your thoughts show up as kinder, softer and and less demanding.
Almost with no effort you find a place within you that is peaceful and relaxed. This is one of the magical Secrets of Yoga. The connection between the mind and the body where you are open to the sensation of being released from stress.
You'll find you can deepen your understanding of who you are and discover hidden talents hidden away in your heart. When we meet ourselves this way, we see what’s really going on inside us. We have time to appreciate and have gratitude for the extraordinary life we live.
Can I Do Yoga?
Yes, you can! One of the benefits of practicing yoga is the poses support and sustain you no matter how you come to your mat. Whether your having a good day or bad day, through any physical, or emotional, changes, yoga can meet you half way and help you through your difficulties. When you approach yoga with care, attention, and self-compassion, you will see your practice grow and evolve with you.
Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but it's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and yoga will meet you on your mat at your level of awareness. You will discover yoga is a powerful tool to self-transformation.
Yoga’s Effects On the Body
The following is only a partial list of yoga benefits:
Sleep more soundly
Reduced cortisol levels
Allergy and asthma symptom relief
Lowers blood pressure
Lowers the heart rate
Sense of well-being
Reduced anxiety and muscle tension
Increased strength and flexibility
Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines that help achieve peacefulness of the body and mind. This can help to improve and manage stress and anxiety.