Yoga for Stress
Every person is suffering from some kind of stress. On average, most of the adults in the world are suffering from moderate to high stress. Therefore in today’s blog we will talk about how yoga can alleviate stress in everyone’s life.
So let’s dive in.
How Yoga Helps To Alleviate Stress
Having some stress is nothing to worry about because it is normal if you are a human being, right? However, if your stress becomes chronic it is not at all normal. Prolonged stress leads to many physical, emotional and mental problems that disrupt day to day life of an individual and at times of the people around him\her.
So here it is where the yoga practice comes to the rescue.
The following points explain how yoga alleviates stress.
- Regular practice of yoga, releases tension from the body that provides relaxation.
- As we know our mind and body are connected. Therefore once the body feels relaxed, the yoga postures smooth the progress of making the mind calm and relax.
- Yoga helps to stabilize the mind, and facilitates it to be more focused and alert.
- Regular practice of yoga helps in regulating the secretion of the hormone cortisol, which is a primary stress hormone.
Yoga Postures to Reduce Stress
Here are the five yoga poses that can be practiced on regular basis to reduce stress.
- To begin with, lie down on your abdomen
- After that, fold both the hands and keep the tips of the elbows on the ground with the fingers facing up.
- Next, raise your head and shoulders while looking forward and keeping the neck straight
- Bend your head slightly and place the chin in your palms
- Afterwards, stretch your legs out and make sure the remaining body contacts the ground
- Keep breathing slowly and let your muscles loosen up
- Hold the pose as long as you can and then release the pose
- Lie down on your back on the mat
- Lift up your upper and lower body to balance on your sitting bones
- Ensure to align your toes with your eyes while keeping your knees and back straight
- Also, your arms should be parallel to the floor and pointing ahead
- You should feel your abdominal muscles squeezing
- Set your back straight and respire regularly
- Hold the position as long as you can
- After that progressively come back to the initial position
- Repeat it 8-10 times
- Kneel down and touch the toes to each other while you sit down on your heels
- Carry on breathing out and bend frontward gradually. Subsequently put your chest between your thighs
- Stretch the arms forward with the palms on the floor
- Try to press your abdomen against the floor and the chest against your thighs
- Continue to breathe deeper and slowly
- Hold the pose for 10-15seconds
- Next, gradually return to the first position
- Stand straight, then move your feet a few inches apart from each other
- Progressively, take a squat position
- Now breathe out and incline so as to get your upper body snug between your thighs
- When you take the Anjali Mudra position (Salutation Seal), make sure that the elbows put some pressure on your inner thighs
- Press your inner thighs adjacent to your torso
- Extend your arms in a way that the shins will reach near your underarms
- Hold the pose for 10-12 seconds, and breathe out before returning to the primary position
- Begin with lying down on your back while keeping a few inches distance between the legs
- Next, keep your arms alongside your body, and ensure both the palms are facing up
- Now be completely relaxed and calm
- Then, shut your eyes and take deep breaths but slowly
- Now try to focus on every region of your body from head to toe. It implies that you are knowingly providing relaxation to the body
- Believe and feel that your body is calm and relaxed
- As soon as you feel relaxed, release the pose
In Addition to Yoga
Besides yoga, there are some other points to consider which might feel insignificant but as a matter of fact are very helpful in reducing stress.
Try to keep yourself around positive and optimistic people who cheer and encourage you. It is very important to keep the ambiance you live in with positive, constructive and helpful.
Furthermore, do not seclude yourself from people. If you don’t like to interact with the people present in your life due to some reasons (we all have been there!), interact with new people. You don’t need to travel from one country to another to do that, linking with new people isn’t that expensive. Go for jogging or for a walk, join a hobby class, or fitness program, a yoga studio or anything you like. You can go to charity events or nearby orphanage where you can interact with kids and some amazing people.
All you need is to open your heart and interact with people\new people, and nature around you.