Yoga As A Stress Management Exercise

By: Eddy Kong...


Lots of factors are to be considered when talking about stress. Sources of stress may come from work, family, financial, emotional, physical, and mental aspects of our everyday lives. To some extent, stress is actually beneficial to us. When ignored, however, it leads to our body's physical and mental breakdown. There are various techniques and methods that can help you deal with stress.
Yoga is one of the techniques predominantly used for stress management. It is an age old practice that dates back to 5000 years ago. Yoga is a series of postures and breathing exercises. The postures are generally referenced from animals. The ultimate goal of those who practice yoga is to attain body and mind tranquility. The relaxation factor makes yoga a useful practice in stress and anxiety management. Yoga classes are offered to those who have extra time on their hands and willing to undergo a full course. Full courses include behavioral training, diet, regimen, and exercises. Short classes, which focus more on stress management, are also offered.
Yoga has a lot of physical and mental benefits. Physical benefits include, but are not limited to, flexibility, muscle toning, muscle and joint pain prevention, and better breathing. Mental benefits include a stat of calmness, stress reduction, increased body awareness, and total well-being. Yoga meditative practices help achieve an emotional balance through detachment. This means that it helps put you in a condition where you are not affected by what's happening around you. Your focus creates a calm and positive outlook in the process.
There are various styles and forms of yoga. Each has its own intensities depending on the practitioner's need. For stress management, though, Hatha yoga is widely used. This style of yoga is designed to encourage a calmer mind and improve your flexibility. Hatha yoga also has several forms that you may want to try. Although there are subtypes of Hatha yoga, it still has two basic components: poses and breathing.
Regardless of the type of yoga that you may want to undertake, you don't have to do every pose that your instructor demonstrates. If you feel that you are uncomfortable with the pose or you can't hold it for as long as required, tell your instructor about it. What's important is that you achieve relaxation in these exercises. If you are interested in undertaking yoga, do some research first so that you will be able to pick out one which will benefit you greatly and that you are comfortable with.

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