Hello there, Truth Seekers! If you have stumbled upon this blog, then take it as a sign. If you struggle with Stress and Anxiety. Then, it is a sign for you to read this blog till the very end. As well as share it with your loved ones as well!
You are no stranger to the unwanted company of this world – Stress and Anxiety. When faced with adversity, it is common to form a negative view of the world. It becomes very easy to form a verdict against the world when we are in adversity.
If the world has given has given us stress and anxiety, it has also given us its remedy.
We are here to introduce you to the magical elixir famously known as yoga. This ancient yoga practice is a remedy for quite everything in this life. So, allow us to take you on a journey through this blog!
What is Yoga?
Before we enter our yoga world, we should get our yoga mats straight. We want to clear one misconception here. Yoga is not about just bending yourself like a rubber. Neither it is balancing yourself on one leg in the hopes it will somehow fix your life.
Yoga is a holistic practice that involves the asanas, breathing, meditation, and philosophy. It is an old practice with its origins in our beloved country, India.
Yoga for Stress and Anxiety
So, exactly how does yoga help us deal with stress and anxiety? We will be discussing a few points below which will help you understand better:-
1. Deep breaths
The core or the base of yoga is your breathing. Since childhood, we have heard the term pranayama. But what is it? It is a practice of breath control which is an integral part of yoga. When we are stressed, our breathing becomes non-uniform. This in turn intensifies our anxiety. With yoga, we practice slower and deep breaths. This signals our nervous system to calm down which lowers our stress levels.
Asanas help us to release the tension we have in our bodies. Many of the asanas stretch and strengthen the muscles of our body. When you practice poses like a corpse pose, child’s pose, and downward dog. Such asanas also help to relax and release stress.
With so much going on in this world, it has become normal to overthink. We do not even realize that we thinking aimlessly until it gets too much. Through practicing meditation and mindfulness, we detach ourselves from our worries. The anxiety is lessened and overall stress is also reduced.
4. Release of Endorphins
When we practice physical activity, like yoga. It releases the endorphins in our body. Endorphins are the natural feel-good hormones of the body. This release of endorphins can counteract the negative impact of stress and anxiety and also improve your mood and well-being.
When a person practices yoga, they automatically set themselves on a path to self-reflection and self-awareness. When you understand the root cause of anxiety, you can start working on them to resolve them. Gradually, the anxiety will reduce in your life as you continue practicing yoga.
You will notice your thoughts to be more scattered when you experience anxiety. This makes it difficult to concentrate on things. Here, yoga can help immensely. Yoga can help you build focus over time as well as train your mind to stay present.
7. Mind-Body Connection
People think anxiety is only on the mind level. However, that is not true. Anxiety often manifests as physical symptoms like muscle tension and restlessness. Yoga helps cover this gap between the mind and the body. The practice makes you more attuned to the physical signs.
Types of Yoga for Stress and Anxiety
There are many types of yoga you can learn. You can try each one and see what suits you the best. Here are a few types of effective yoga poses for stress and anxiety:-
1. Hatha yoga
Hatha yoga is simple and perfect for beginner’s practice. This focuses on basic postures and breathing and is slower.
2. Vinyasa yoga
Vinyasa yoga is best for those who desire an active practice to release tension from the body. It focuses on the sync of breath with movement.
3. Restorative yoga
This type of yoga is about relaxation and rejuvenation as the name suggests. However, unlike other forms, this one involves props like blankets and such to support the body in passive poses.
4. Yin Yang
Yin Yang yoga is best for those who are seeking both mental and physical release. It aims at the deep tissues of the body and focuses on holding the pose for a long period.
In a world where stress and anxiety have become second nature, yoga is a path to peace and balance. We agree it is not a quick fix. But how reliable a quick fix is anyway? Yoga is a journey that needs patience, practice, and faith. If you are a complete newbie, then you are in for a very interesting journey.
Remember that the benefits of yoga go beyond the physical changes. It also changes your mental and emotional state. With persistence and willingness, you will find your solace here.
So, we implore you to unroll your yoga mats and take your first step towards yoga.
So, with that, we‘d like to sign out. until next time!