Stress can be best defined as a state of ignorance when everything manifests in the mental canvas alarmingly as an emergency. It affects our capacity to think straight and take the challenges of life in positive spirits. Like any kind of problem-solving, the approach to stress alleviation should be strategic—identification of the stress causing factor, self-acceptance with all of one’s flaws and qualities, sketching out scopes for improvement, and simultaneously following a discipline to ease. This is where yoga comes in.
A five-thousand-year-old system of practiced wisdom, targeting mind-body wellness through mental and physical discipline, yoga is the complete antithesis of a stress-causing lifestyle. Adapting to the yoga way can help you change to pro-health food habits, cut out on smoking and drinking, be more aware and sincere in work keeping away procrastination. Let detrimental attachments go and finally become the ideal level-headed cool person that you always wanted to be with Yoga.
Yoga has to start somewhere- either with asanas, attention to breath, or working inwards with meditation, and then be integrated into all aspects of life, enriching us in the following way—
Loosens Up the Body
Correct execution of yoga postures can bring soothing relief just like a hug or deep tissue massage. Some select restorative yoga postures have more relaxing effects than the others. But in an overall assessment, yoga is generally soothing. The deep bend, slow pace, and emphasis on breathing are characteristic of yoga that helps to de-stress tense body muscles and also effectively clear the head.
Restorative postures like Balasana or the Child’s Pose, and Savasana or the Corpse Pose can be marked out for their exceptional soothing quality. When stress levels reach sky high, you can take a break to lie down and dissolve into one of these postures, soak in the relaxing sensations and come out a refreshed new person.
Restores Peace in the Mind
Stress can make the mind restless to the point of frenetic. It becomes awfully hard to keep the focus and developing one thing at a time. Going to work with a stress-laden heavy mind can prove disastrous. A system of self-sustained support for battling stress could be built upon the foundation of yoga and meditation.
Meditation is a superlatively powerful tool for bringing objects to focus, slow down the hyperactive tensions in the mind, and restore the ability to think straight. Breath awareness with pranayama, the discipline of bringing focus with sonorous impacts of mantra chanting and music are only some of the ways meditation can be conducted effectively. With a continuous dedicated practice of such meditation techniques, you can reach the state where distractions are the minimum.
Brings Breath Awareness
An unconscious result of coming under burgeoning strength is shallow, rapid breathing. This makes for less oxygenation leading to straining muscles and fatigue. Anxiety is not alleviated but enhanced with such a breathing pattern. The discipline of yoga, on the other hand, gives the practitioner the opportunity to breathe to the lungs’ full capacity. Diaphragmatic breathing helps the oxygen circulate better. Greater oxygenation immediately results in stress relief. Pranayama breathing exercises like Brahmari, Nadi Shodhana, and Ujjayi are notable for infusing a calming effect to the depths of the body.
With a continuous practice of pranayama, awareness to breath will be pervasive, thus keeping the body always charged with positive energy.
Insight into the Mechanism of the Mind
More than the reality, it is our mental perception of reality that is more instrumental in causing stress. In long-term stress management, you have to learn how your mind turns, the minute machinations of it. When you are fully aware of the elements that can trigger a negative reaction in you, you can take it into own hands to stay clear of them or overcome them with discipline. To let our mind run unconsciously on auto-pilot is the worst stage of ignorance.
When bending our bodies in the challenging postures of yoga, an evaluation of our capacity to deal with stress naturally comes up. By consciously and willfully holding up in the face of a challenging exercise will develop our fortitude and help gain confidence.