In this modern fast paced world we can all suffer from stress which can lead to all types of anxieties. Some anxieties can be minor and then there is some debilitating forms of anxieties which may need more than Yoga.
We as individuals may know where we stand in this situation and can do something about it.
I won’t begin to tell you where you’re at all I can say is Yoga has assisted me with work related stress, and the anxiety that can compound, from workplace stress and the possible flow on to your personal life.
Possible Alternatives To Taking Medication:
Those people who suffer from stress and anxiety can lead to depression which is a serious situation.
You may have suffered this situation or know someone who has from stress and anxiety. Maybe you are feeling it now.
One alternative is to go see a medical practitioner who may have some options for you depend on the severity of your situation.
An option to medication maybe yoga, remember this could work in tandem with medication. I don’t want you to throw out what a medical expert has prescribed for you.
Research Has Shown Yoga To Be Of Benefit:
Research in the 1970s on meditation and other stress related practices have been studied as possible alternatives for depression and anxiety.
The practice of Yoga has received less attention in the medical journals, even though increasing in popularity in recent times.
One national survey estimated, for example, that about 7.5% of U.S. adults had tried yoga at least once, and that nearly 4% practiced yoga in the previous year.
Yoga can vary from gentle to strenuous and challenging classes. Choice’s of style tends to be based on physical ability and personal preference.
Hatha yoga, is the most popular type of yoga practiced World wide, it teaches physical poses, called asanas that use controlled breathing and ending with a short period of meditation.
Best Yoga Asana For Stress And Anxiety:
I am not an expert but I have experienced stress and anxiety.
I have experienced this even now in different environments. I may say I am not alone. The Best yoga asana I believe is savasana which translated means corpse pose.
Meditation is really the benefit with this asana. May sound simple laying flat on the ground with maybe a pillow if needed. Whatever it takes for you to feel comfortable.
The more relaxed you are the better chance you are going to be able to switch off. As I have stated before I have been doing yoga for 17 years.
To this day I still find my mind wandering off to things that preoccupy our lives. Generally the things which are giving us stress.
So if you find your mind wandering come back to your breathing and just continue to breathe softly in and out of your nostrils.
Dont go to sleep like I have, If you do nod off it just means you are tired.
YOGA BRINGS FOCUS TO YOUR BREATH:
With proper breathing we can connect with our nervous system which is an powerful way to reduce anxiety.
When we feel anxious our breath tends to be erractic triggering the flight or fight mechanism which is embeded in our DNA.
When an anxiety attack happens, if we breath in a Yogic manner it slows down our breath and relaxes our body.
You’ll learn how to breathe with consciousness and to practice the breath while moving through a variety of slow and challenging poses.
Yoga will teach you these breathing patterns and you will master your mind and the central nervous system along with the autonomic nervous system.
How Do I Feel After Meditating:
I must say after a session of yoga I am looking forward to meditation.
When I have completed my meditation regardless of nodding off, a little embarrassed. I feel refreshed and calm within.
There has been scientific studies that have backed up the benefits of meditating. All I know it has helped me.
Dissimilar to aerobic exercises which increases our cortisol levels, yoga controls the anxieties that we feel by preparing the nervous system.
Yoga helps us respond to our anxieties in a calmer manner which, reduces heart rate and blood pressure and the physiological agitation that comes with it.
It also increases heart rate irregularity, which can be a sign of the body’s extent to be able to cope with anxiety.
Realizing what we are feeling can gives us a sense of comfort and control over our bodies.
Being in charge of our mind and feelings with the help of yoga allows you to increase brain function and assist you to alleviate anxiety.
Benefits Of Yoga:
Many types of Yoga can be strenuous and not be safe for everyone.
People who are just beginning, seniors or have flexibility problems are best to check with a Medical professional before starting any Yoga practice.
If you are suffering with depression, anxiety, or stress yoga may be a option to manage symptoms.
There are many scientific studies on the topic of Yoga on mental health are they all conclude that the evidence points that a Yoga practice is a low risk high gain way of improving overall mental health.
With constant practice and paying particular attention to, on the positive things, you can become more comfortable to adapt to the stresses and anxieties of a hectic lifestyle.
One thing I can say it wont hurt to try meditating, if you don’t like it, try something else to relieve your stress and anxiety.
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I’m happy to help any way that I can.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.