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3 Effective Ways Yoga Helps with Stress Management

It is no surprise that yoga is now becoming popular in the west. Traditionally, an eastern practice of India dating back over 5000 years, yoga is considered to be one of the oldest traditions designed to help self-development.

The term ‘yoga’ in Sanskrit means ‘yok’ or union; to unite the body, mind and soul. Yoga is the ultimate treatment for relieving numerous ailments & diseases. When practiced regularly, yoga can be one of the most effective stress management techniques to,

1- Help relieve anxiety

2- Increase your energy

3- Improve your overall quality of life

3 Ways Yoga helps with Stress Management

Emotional Healing

Yoga provides tremendous emotional benefits. The connection of the body, mind and spirit you develop through this deeply personal practice helps you cultivate an awareness of self. This, in turn, helps you in,

  1. Regulating your emotions
  2. Handling stressful events with more ease
  3. Applying these techniques into your daily life

Controlled Breathing

A popular breathing technique that helps provide immediate relief for depression is controlled breathing, otherwise known as Kriya Yoga. This involves cyclical breathing patterns ranging from slow and calming to rapid and stimulating.

Practice of controlled breathing enables you to cultivate an awareness around your breath. Which, automatically tones down the fight or flight response of maladaptive nervous system. Concentrating on your breath is the key to yoga for stress management, as it helps you let go of external thoughts and anxiety.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Yoga can be a helpful practice for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. With a combination of controlled breathing, asanas, and meditation there is a certain emphasis on the mind/body connection that helps treat psychological trauma on the body as well as the mind.

Yoga is a gentle and safe way to become reacquainted with your body and notice how things are changing and flowing inside of your own body. This awareness helps one develop self-acceptance as well as that sense of self to identify when a flashback or panic attack is coming, and how to have control over dealing with these emotions.

Take Away

Yoga helps you develop a friendly relationship with your body, moreover helps you reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate. With the ever-changing fast paced society, we live in today, stress and anxiety are everywhere. It is never too late to hit the mat and give yoga a try for your health!

How do you manage your stress levels? Share with us in the comments below.

Annu Gaidhu

Annu is best known for her authentic, non-judgmental teaching style and compassion centered self-love practices. She is instrumental in weaving ancient wisdom teachings of yoga into a modern day practice aimed at serving people at all levels. Annu is dynamic in teaching Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Power Yoga and Meditation. She is committed to finding key approaches to encourage the growth of the physical and spiritual self; helping others inspire thoughts into action in creating a life you deserve

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