3 Ways To Battle Your Stress With Yoga

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There is a misconception that yoga is about being very still, which for many when it comes to exercise is a turn off.  But what is unknown to a large majority of the population is how many different types of yoga are available today, you just have to find a from that works for you.  People who actually give yoga a chance never look back because of the countless health benefits that come along with the practice, one of them being the ability to battle stress more easily.  Here are just 3 of the ways that yoga enables us to battle the inevitable stresses in our lives.

If you’re a personal friend of mine or are a subscriber to my blog, you know that I am a committed yogi. I started practicing yoga about 2 years ago and have never looked back. Like many, I thought yoga was about being very still and with my type “A” personality, I couldn’t fathom the idea.  But then I learned that there are so many different ways to practice like Yogalosophy that I talked about here, you just have to find a form that works for you and once you accomplish that, you’ll see the 3 ways to battle your stress with yoga almost immediately.

Sunday is yoga day for me!  It’s time to forget about everything else going on in life so that I can focus on connecting my mind to my body.  I have realized over the past 24 months how much I now crave yoga, not only to stretch my body and strengthen it at the same time, but also to reconnect with myself.  In addition, there is something to be said challenge myself with yoga poses that I never thought I would achieve and were so difficult at first. but nowI work to improve every week.  It’s amazing how commitment to yoga enables you to move your body in ways you never dreamed you could achieve.  But most importantly, what comes along with practicing yoga is it’s calming effect that gives you the ability to battle the stresses in your life.  It’s something that you don’t have to think about, once you have surrendered to your practice, the natural effects take place and you reap the benefits.

1. Unlike any other exercise, yoga releases tension and muscles caused by daily activities such as sitting for extended periods of time at a desk.  We can’t always control the ways our bodies have to be positioned on a daily basis, but we can choose to release that restriction as often as possible.  Yoga is very different from most types of exercise because you move in ways that don’t cause strain on your body, it’s not aerobic, but at the same time, you use almost every muscle in your body and burn hundreds of calories. As you continue and commit to your practice, your body is strengthened and lengthened so much so that you will sit straighter and feel better.

2. It’s important to combine meditation whenever possible during yoga to help concentrate better throughout your practice.  Don’t be uncomfortable with the idea of meditation if you haven’t done it before, it’s just simply allowing your mind to connect with your body and there is no better time to do that than during yoga.  Breathing deeply can improve vitality by increasing the amount of oxygen that reaches your brain and that alone relieves stress enormously.  Every form of yoga incorporates the practice of proper breathing techniques for relaxation, to rest the mind from the constant whirlwind, to find an internal calm, and to energize and purify your body.

3. Practicing yoga on a consistent basis naturally fights anxiety and depression and in addition can affect your brain in positive ways. There really are some yoga positions that stimulate your pituitary gland and release endorphins which reduces the level of stress hormones and who couldn’t benefit from that?  With continued practice and determination, your confidence not only in form but overall will improve dramatically while enabling you to live a joyful life.

These are 3 of the many ways to battle stress with yoga.  Anxiety and depression have sky-rocketed in recent years and yoga is an essential tool in treating those ailments naturally.  Enhance your quality of your life and start practicing yoga today.

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