From minor moments to major emergencies, stress is part of everyday life. While we cannot always control the circumstances, we can control our response to them. April is Stress Awareness Month, a reminder to focus on managing and reducing stress levels in our daily lives.
Stress can cause numerous health issues, so it is crucial to find ways to reduce and manage stress effectively. While there are a number of ways to address stress, one option is the practice of yoga.
Control Your Breathing
Yoga involves breathing exercises that help to regulate the breath and calm the mind. When we are stressed, our breathing becomes shallow and rapid, which can lead to anxiety and panic attacks. Through yoga breathing techniques, we can slow down our breathing and promote relaxation. One of the most popular breathing exercises in yoga, pranayama, loosely translates as breath control. Incorporating pranayama techniques into your yoga practice can help you regulate your breath, calm your mind, and reduce stress and anxiety.
Reduce Muscle Tension
Stress can cause muscle tension in our bodies, leading to physical discomfort and pain. By incorporating yoga postures into your daily routine, you can reduce muscle tension and alleviate physical discomfort caused by stress. Yoga postures, or asanas, help to release tension in the muscles and promote relaxation. According to an article, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the practice of yoga can also help to reduce the levels of cortisol, the hormone associated with stress. In addition, a study published in the International Journal of Yoga showed that practicing yoga postures for 60 minutes daily for six days resulted in a significant reduction in cortisol levels among healthy individuals.
Mindfulness means being fully present in the moment without judgment, and thus has been found to be an effective way to reduce stress and promote well-being. A study published in the International Journal of Yoga found that practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques during yoga resulted in significant reductions in stress and anxiety. When we practice mindfulness during yoga, we become more aware of our thoughts and emotions, which can help us to manage troubles more effectively. This awareness can help us identify when we are experiencing stress and recognize the triggers that may be causing it. With this understanding, we can then use mindfulness techniques to manage our stress throughout the day, and reduce its impact on our lives.
Stress is a part of our daily lives, and it is essential to find ways to reduce and manage it effectively before it negatively impacts . Take the next steps tending to yourself this April by attending a class at Yoga Body Shop. Here, you can experience the benefits of yoga in a supportive and welcoming environment. Join our classes and connect to our community today!