Stress is a natural occurrence in day to day life however when it reaches an unhealthily high level it can cause problems both physically and mentally. Stress can be triggered by little pressures in everyday life from difficult responsibilities at work or at home to much larger issues, such as the death of a loved one.
Chronic stress can cause a variety of symptoms and can eventually affect your overall health and well-being. Many people who suffer with severe stress suffer with mental symptoms such as overeating, under eating, alcohol or drug abuse, depression and many more. The physical reactions can be just as negative if stress is not managed; from breathing problems such as asthma or emphysema and heart conditions to the stress hormones causing blood pressure to raise above normal.
How Yoga can help
One of Yoga’s main benefits is gained through correct breathing methods; through deep yoga breathing techniques where you expand your diaphragm and abdomen you automatically help increase the oxygen flow around the body which will instantly help you feel more relaxed.
Just about any system of yoga can help reduce stress levels, and this is undoubtedly a major reason for the current height of yoga’s popularity. Yoga will help alleviate back pain and tension in the shoulders as well as helping to calm even the most stressed of people. Read on to see what yoga pose you need to incorporate into your yoga routine.
Best Poses to help Stress:
Downward Dog is one of the main yoga poses known today. It’s benefits are numerous from allowing you to stretch out each body part properly to relieving back and neck pain which is a key place many people hold their stress. Downward facing dog helps fill your lungs with oxygen which will flow throughout the entire body.
Childs pose is often used as the relaxation pose, it concentrates on breathing deeply and allowing your body to feel calm and protected with your outstretched arms away from your body and head. If you suffer from insomnia, Childs Pose is also excellent introduction to meditation and is wonderful at putting any stress or negative thoughts out of your system and helping you fall asleep.
Cat Pose offers a massage to the spine and stomach through the deep stomach stretch. When combined with Cow Pose it regulates inhalation and exhalations, and is also increasingly beneficial for improving digestion.
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