Realizing & Managing Stress Through Yoga

Monday, November 7, 2011

It is a widely accepted notion that the steady practice of yoga can help to ease the mind, body and soul. Here at YogaFit, we often blend yoga and fitness to optimize the physical benefits of practice, but never want to seem as though we are casting aside the psychological impact that yoga can have on one’s life. Stress management is one of the most well-known emotional benefits that comes from steady yoga practice, but often times people think of stress management as “dealing with” stress rather than as as a way to release stress from your life.

Stress management means basically learning how to manage stress by witnessing it, and releasing it. Stress management is simply a daily process of letting go (letting go of tension stored in the body / mind). Without this process, we become candidates for ulcers, heart attacks, migraines and premature aging, all known to be caused by stress. Stress management techniques allow us to discover and experience how we hold emotions, thoughts, and experiences in our bodies. Yoga practice will offer us the opportunity to tune into different moods, feelings, attitudes, and states of consciousness beside the low-grade stress levels most people in our society operate under. Participants in a stress management programs gain a powerful awareness of how to positively influence health, reactions, feelings and responses. A good mind/body class can give clients the tools they can use for the rest of their lives.

Yoga is the 6,000 year old secret to health and vitality, and can be considered technology for getting back in touch with our true essence and ourselves. It is a way of remembering the health and wholeness that is our natural state of being. Yoga, when broken down to its most simple form, is essentially just breathing and feeling. Through this breathing and feeling we learn to control our reactions to events and people. It is not the events and people in our lives that give us stress, but the way we react to them. What makes yoga unique in terms of stress reduction is in its multifaceted approach. By working at the physical and psychological levels concurrently, yoga reduces stress at each level, and this reduction in stress is supported by the work done at other levels. Yoga postures combined with deep breathing facilitate deep relaxation that combats stress.

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