So you’re interested in Yoga Meditation for stress relief, that’s awesome. When you think of stress relief, yoga meditation is probably not the first thing that came to you’re mind. However, because of the numerable benefits that it offers, it is one of the best stress relieving activities you will come across. If you’re feeling stressed out, and want to blow of some stem, then continue reading to learn why Yoga Meditation should be included into you’re daily routine.
Did you know that an estimated 80-90 percent of visits to the doctor are stress-related but only less than 3% of doctors talk to their patients about how to reduce stress. Stress has been know to rear its ugly head and cause of lot of problems in our daily lives.
Stress has been known to cause cardiovascular diseases, and is a leading cause of heart failure. It can also affect the functioning of you’re kidneys, and even cause skin conditions and hair loss. Needless to say, you need to find a way to handle stress to negate all these harmful side effects.
For a long time, people have turned to yoga as an exercise form that trumps all else, particularly in the western world. But it is much more than just for physical health. Yoga meditation and other mind-body practices train you’re body and mind to be able to cope with stress more effectively and improve overall health and well-being.
The main online definition for yoga is ‘a discipline including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures widely practiced for health and relaxation’. It also mean ‘union’ in Sanskrit.
In a national survey, over 85% of people who did yoga reported that it helped them relieve stress. Exercise is a very useful way to relieve stress, but yoga is different from spinning class or weight-lifting, in that it powerfully combines both physical fitness with an underlying philosophy of self-compassion and awareness.
One of the main concepts in yoga is being non-judgmental toward both yourself and others, which is a powerful tool for stress relief.
Mind and Body
A fundamental principle of yoga is that you’re body and mind are one and connected. Stress in one domain will affect the other and vice versa. Many of us live primarily in either our mind or our body, which creates imbalance and even a lack of awareness.
People with very analytical careers may spend a lot of time in their mind, and may not realize how much tension is stored in their body.
If you’re an athlete, you may be keenly aware of you’re body, but could benefit from becoming more aware of you’re mental state.
Wherever you fall on this spectrum, yoga can help balance and tone the connection between you’re body and you’re mind.
Because Yoga has such a calming influence on both body and mind, it is very effective at managing stress. Through its postures, yoga also teaches meditation and helpful breathing techniques combined. It is a technique to help you stay calm. These deep meditative, relaxing effects are what have garnered its fan from all around the world.
- It helps you focus: Yoga meditation helps keep you’re mind focused, something easier said than done. When you have a lot of things on you’re mind, you tend to panic and lose track of what the situation requires. Yoga helps you keep a calm head even under the most stressful situations. Deep meditation helps you focus you’re energy as you are essentially concentrating on one thing. This reduces the effect of the adrenaline rush you would normally feel during a pressure situation.
- Helps you control you’re breathing: Regularly performing Yoga, teaches you how to control you’re breathing. Hyperventilating while you’re stressed out only adds to you’re discomfort. However, exercising control over you’re breathing helps keep you’re system in check. Deep slow breaths calm you down and help clear a cluttered mind. They also reduce you’re heart rate.
- Clarity of Thought: Yoga advocates a simple lifestyle. Yoga itself requires no equipment and simply demands an open mind and dedication. People who follow yoga are encouraged to find the simple pleasures in life. One way this can be done is through a Gratitude Journal. Living in the moment rather than over thinking and stressing about the future will help you in more ways than one. Additionally, yoga increases blood circulation which enhances brain function.
- Increased Health: Yoga is also great for you’re body. It boots immunity, increases flexibility and will give you more energy to name just a few benefits. Thus, regularly practicing yoga improves you’re overall health. The healthier you’re body is, the happier you will be.
- Therapeutic Effects: If you get into a routine with yoga, it becomes a therapeutic activity. You end up looking forward to you’re yoga sessions. For instance, performing Yoga Meditation first thing in the morning will give you a great start to the day that will extend into the rest of you’re day.
- Feel Good Inside-Out: Yoga isn’t just about the body, it is also about the soul. The spiritual benefits that come along with yoga, is feeling a connection with God, the Universe or a feeling of transcendence. Regular yoga helps you de-stress, disconnect from the mayhem that modern life and professional work often entail. You can actually get time to tune into yourself, you’re personal life, and you may even start spending more time with you’re loved ones.
What’s Involved with Yoga?
The practice of yoga involves stretching the body and forming different poses while keeping breathing slow and controlled. The body becomes relaxed and energized at the same time. There are various styles of yoga, some moving through the poses more quickly, almost like an aerobic workout, and other styles relaxing deeply into each pose. Some have a more spiritual angle, while others are used purely as a form of exercise.
So let’s get started
Yoga classes can be wonderful for beginners, as you will be surrounded by others of all levels of expertise and ability. It is a great way to start as you will have someone walk you through the process and helping you to learn the correct forms. Aside from taking a class, there are several useful apps that can help you with you’re journey into yoga, as well as DVDs to use in the comfort of you’re very own home.
So what are you waiting for? I would love to hear about you’re experiences with Yoga Meditation and which style of Yoga you enjoy the most, comment below!
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