DISTRESS OR DE-STRESS: IT’S YOUR CHOICE

Yoga is an ancient art that helps to overcome all kinds of suffering concerning the mind and body. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to attain peace of mind and body, which in turn helps relax and manage stress in our daily lives.

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Yoga is an ancient art that helps to overcome all kinds of suffering concerning the mind and body. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to attain peace of mind and body, which in turn helps relax and manage stress in our daily lives.

Yoga is an ancient art that helps to overcome all kinds of suffering concerning the mind and body. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to attain peace of mind and body, which in turn helps relax and manage stress in our daily lives.

Everyone seems to be acquainted with the physical and psychological benefits of yoga but you feel that you are not the yoga type because you cannot touch your toes, or because you can’t stand on your head and twist your body to look like a pretzel. Every time you try to meditate, your mind is racing about work deadlines, the meal for dinner, last minute meetings and so on.

New studies have shown that yoga helps people to relax and maintain an ideal heart rate. It also helps in increasing the flexibility of the body and brings down the cholesterol levels remarkably. Researchers found that cancer patients who practiced yoga experienced reduced stress and better sleep; the inflammation level in their body notably reduced by practicing yoga. That’s important because inflammation is associated with chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. It’s also one of the reasonswhy cancer survivors commonly feel fatigued for months, even years, following their medical treatment.

The practice of yoga asanas and pranayama is known to reduce stress levels and lift your mood and overall sense of well being. Regular practicing leads to improved fitness levels with better flexibility, strength and balance. It also helps to treat chronic diseases like depression, cancer, insomnia, anxiety, cardio vascular diseases and so on. The list is never ending.

Yoga Asanas to cut stress:

By practicing the following asanas and pranayama, one can get rid of stress & anxiety:

Balasana or Child’s Pose increases the blood circulation to the head, reducing headaches. It relaxes the shoulders, neck and spine and calms the mind.

Shavasana or Corpse Pose involves imitating a corpse, where the mind and breath is free. The mind avoids unwanted thoughts naturally. 

Trikonasana or Triangle Pose stretches the body completely. It’s an excellent stress reliever.

Halasana or Plough Pose stimulates the spinal nerves by extensively stretching the spine, thereby providing nourishment to the internal organs.

Uttanasana or Forward Bending Pose is a highly beneficial asana for a fatigued body and mind. It makes the blood rush to your head by stretching the hamstrings and inverting the body partially at the same time. 

Setubandha Sarvangasana is known for stimulating the thyroid gland and nourishing the brain with more blood, thereby reducing stress levels.

Bhramari Pranayama creates a positive effect on the mind and the hormones by producing the sound of a humming bee.

Kapalbhati Pranayama involves fast and forced exhales with passive inhales. It is also known as skull shining breath, as it cleanses the ‘kapal’ or ‘skull’ thoroughly.

Apart from these asanas, Nadi Shodhana Pranayama or alternate nostril breathing is the most effective pranayama for stress relief. This breathing technique involves inhaling through the left nostril and exhaling through the right; then inhaling through the right nostril and exhaling through the left.

Yoga is an overall discipline that helps to build the inner strength required to meet the challenges of our daily lives. A few yoga asanas a day increase the feeling of well being and generate greater self awareness, leading to a happier and stress free life.

*All these yoga asanas should be done under the supervision of an experienced yoga trainer.

Published by Sima Sarkar

I am Anjan.I am a freelancer.I am trying to write day to day human issues.I want to highlight issues related to 'Mother Earth' as well.

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