Yoga To Relieve Stress & Anxiety

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.

USING YOGA TO FIGHT DEPRESSION

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.

Savasana for depression and anxiety

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.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this post or this site in general.

I will answer all the comments on my website personally so drop me a line below if you have any Yoga questions or comments.

I’m happy to help any way that I can.

copywrightNamaste Shane.

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.

6 thoughts on “Yoga To Relieve Stress & Anxiety”

  1. I practice yoga and I have to say it has helped me in so many ways. I am not as deeply involved nor do I know all the ins and outs to this point, but I try to learn more each day. My stress and anxiety levels are down, I think it helps my energy level, and I even sleep better for some reason…

    Most definitely your advice to get a doctor checkup as you enter the yoga world is advisable, as you mention there are some positions that can be quite difficult, at least for an old dude like me. I have pushed myself at times a little too much, but long-term it has been fine.

    Your suggestion to add meditation to the regimen is also a good one. This is another thing I do on a regular basis and I think there is as much benefit to that as there is with the yoga. All in all, these provide a balance in my life for the more stressful periods of work.

    Yoga definitely can help with stress and anxiety. Have you run into anyone practicing yoga that has not had some relief from their practicing yoga? I have not. Virtually every person I talk to mentions these as factors in their practice of yoga, and they all are quite positive people too I have noticed. Everyone should give it a go! 

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    • Hello Dave, 

      Thank You for the comments and questions. 

      Yoga is quite complex, and is more than the physical side of things and to know everything is going to take a long time, if even at all. 

      Glad to hear you practice yoga and have had benefits from doing so.

      It is better to do some Yoga than none at all. 

      I have not found anyone who does yoga to be stressed but that’s not to say i have a perfect day everyday. 

      You just have to do the best you can. 

      Kind Regards Shane.

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  2. Hey Shane, thanks for the great article! I dig your site, it promotes something I’ve been becoming more familiar with for a while, the calming effects of yoga on the brain and body. My fiancée does various flows everyday, and she’s gradually getting me to come in and do it with her from time to time. Her favorite YouTube guide is Sanela, from Psychetruth. I have to be honest, it actually seems to compliment my normal workout routine pretty well. I’m always less sore after weight training if I do yoga beforehand, just getting into the habit is the hard part. They say it takes 21 consecutive days of anything to form an actual habit, trying to fit in the extra time every day isn’t always easy, but I guess it couldn’t hurt to try to make a month of it. 

    Excellent job on your blog, it’s engaging, the imagery is relevant and compliments the subject well, I enjoyed my read for sure. Keep up the solid work man!

    Bobby

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    • Hello Bobby, Thank You for taking the time to read my article. 

      I have heard of the 21day habit forming behaviour and believe it to be true. 

      Happy to hear you are taking Yoga seriously and continue with your practice. 

      I appreciate the postive comments. 

      Kind Regards Shane.

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  3. I must say this is effective for people who still have their sanity, but no longer for those who are on the brink of losing their mental health. Like for example, my mother has a depression and though she has been prescribed medications, we can still talk to her and communicate with her like she’s a normal person. But for others, like our neighbor here who have more serious problem than my mother, he’s in a more advanced stage of the depression, I wonder how he will be able to take the advice of having Yoga? Isn’t it too late for them to take Yoga as a solution?

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    • Hello Gomer, 

      Thank You taking the time to read my article on stress and anxiety. 

      Depression is a world wide problem in all demographics, and needs to be taken seriously. 

      Yoga is not for everybody and will not always be the cure. 

      Yoga and more importantly the practice of meditation can certaintly help. 

      As i have stated you really need to ask your medical practioner. 

      If they ask there Doctors they may listen to there advice. 

      Kind Regards Shane.

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