Saturday, October 27, 2012

How yoga lowers stress

How yoga lowers stress
If you've been getting stressed at work or otherwise lately, do not worry. We tell you how you can lower your stress level by practicing yoga

Chronic anxiety often takes a toll on your health, draining energy resources and keeping your body in a constant state of stress. The effects of anxiety are magnified when your body is not exercised. Tension starts building in your muscles, the mind is not at rest and breathing remains constricted most of the time.

Yoga  is said to access your inner strength that allows you to face overwhelming fears, challenges and frustrations of everyday life. If you practice yoga daily, it helps you to breathe and relax your body by gently releasing tension from larger muscle groups - flushing out all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen and other nutrients, which releases the feelings of well-being.

Whole body exercises like Suryanamaskar (sun salutation) is particularly helpful because they encourage you to breathe deeply and rhythmically. Apart from them, the Complete Breath technique is a must for those who feel 'stressed out'. It eases you from panic attacks, helps calm your mind or cope with difficult situations. In this exercise, you have to learn to concentrate simply on the sound of the breath as you inhale and exhale evenly and smoothly. It will help relax your senses.

Daily practice of complete relaxation and meditation is essential for those working. This daily learning helps you to focus on your work better and puts you in touch with your inner resources and this means less dependence on medications, greater self-awareness and a fuller and happier life.

Times of India

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