Yoga teaches us how to breathe deeply, relax tension in the body and ultimately overcome stressful thoughts for a calm mind.
The reason why we need to know how-to reduce stress is because long-term stress has a detrimental effect on our mind and body and can become the root cause of many chronic diseases.
Research findings suggest it can bring our hormones out of balance, can contribute towards memory loss and have a ripple on effect into Alzheimer’s disease, can be the root cause of inflammation and have other psychological impacts on our sleep think insomnia, anxiety and depression.
Here is how yoga can help you overcome this.
Deep Breathing: One of the first things you learn in a yoga class is belly breathing. Usually when stressed, have you noticed how you breathe only in the upper part of your body? That is shallow breathing that keeps our stress response active as if we’re constantly in danger.
When you realise that and drop your breathe into your belly, this immediately turns off the stress response and puts you into relaxation mode. So, basically you learn how to control your nervous system and shift from fight or flight mode to rest and relaxation even in the midst of chaos. And while the ‘stressful situation’ may still be there you will be able to deal with it in a more focused, less-anxious and efficient way.
Reserarch has found that abdominal breathing lowers anxiety and stress levels significantly.
Meditation: For purposes of stress-relief we will look at it from the perspective of mindfulness. For those who are not familiar with this practice it’s defined as ‘not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us through awareness or in other words accepting what is happening at a level of no thought.’ And this where your belly breathing comes in once again.
By focusing on your belly breathe rather than being swooped by your racing or panicked thoughts and your fast heartbeat, you will be able to shift from panic mode and out of judgmental thoughts to just accepting the moment and removing resistance to this life event.
Again, you ‘ll be able to relax, observe the sensations and realise that you can be in control of how you respond and deal with stress and not be controlled by what your body and mind is doing.
Yoga: Asana is the physical part of yoga which most relate to as exercise. But it isn’t. Asana is deep stretching for purposes of releasing tension from the body and allowing the thoughts and emotions to come to the surface of our minds so we can deal with them.
Yin Yoga is a more feminine practice which targets the deep connective tissues of the body by holding each pose for about five minutes. This allows stagnant or trapped energy to flow through the body and nourish the blood, bones and organs.
In turn, it allows us time to reflect on where tension is held so we can release it using our breathe and mental capacity. In both instances this results in deep breathing and brings the mind into its calm state to be able to let go of tension.
Yoga Nidra: Also known as ‘yogic sleep’ is a form of guided relaxation which activates the relaxation response of our nervous system and ultimately brings you into absolute relaxation.
To sum it all up, after a deep relaxation class that incorporates belly breathing, meditation, yin yoga and yoga nidra you are left feeling amazing.
Book into a stress-relief yoga class!
Our Deep Yoga and Relaxation class begins Wednesday April 3rd at 6pm.
Please message me to book or call on 96982245
First trial class is free