Yoga for Stress Relief

What is stress?

In simple terms, it’s the response of our body to a hormone imbalance. The brain dumps hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in response to events or thoughts. These hormones affect everything and can cause physical,mental and emotional reactions. In small amounts, stress can be beneficial and motivational. However, too much stress causes negative changes to your physiology.

Stress is the body’s natural defense against real or imagined danger. It flushes the body with hormones to prepare systems to evade or confront danger. This is known as the “fight-or-flight or freeze” response.

Let us understand the fight-or-flight or freeze response: Your sympathetic nervous system gets activated which reacts in different parts of the body in certain ways.

  1. Liver (sugar stores in form of glucose).
  2. Heart beat increases.
  3. Breathing speeds up.
  4. Body heats up.
  5. Glands start sweating.
  6. Muscles tense up. ( This tension has to be consciously released, or over time it affects the muscles)

When you carry long term stress, your digestive & reproductive system get affected. Stress causes diseases such as:

  1. Diabetics
  2. Stroke
  3. Infertility
  4. Digestive system problem
  5. High blood pressure
  6. Respiratory disorder
  7. Liver disorder
  8. Skin problem

Yoga helps manage stress in various ways

  1. Exercise
  2. Relaxation Techniques
  3. Meditation
  4. Breathing practices
  5. Chakra Balancing

The flow of asanas in Yoga practice will release muscular tension from each and every part of the body. It will help in resupplying every part of the body with fresh oxygenated blood, thereby aiding in full recovery. The meditation aspect clears out trivial mental worries and cares that could be holding you back. The Pranayama and chakra balancing routines will help in regulating the energies that flow within us. All in all, there is no better way to handle every kind of stress than regular practice of Yoga.

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