A few seconds of anxiety can reduce your immunity for hours. Here’s the key to tackle it

Stress and anxiety can be regarded as the bane of our times, but the good part is you can keep them in check. Try yoga for stress relief!
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Abhishek Otwal Published: 13 Mar 2022, 13:30 pm IST
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Stress can be the most harmful enemy for your mind and body. Some studies reveal that even a few seconds of anxiety can reduce your immunity for a few hours. But how can we help ourselves? The answer is yoga! Yes, yoga for stress relief works!

A core belief in yoga is that the mind is naturally peaceful and yoga helps to return the natural peace of mind from a busy, distracted state. Having a calm, or resolved mind can help us clear our perceptions, make wise decisions, and lead peaceful lives.

For any stressed individual, yoga can be a game-changer, especially meditation. Physical asanas can help to overcome stress immediately. The practice doesn’t just help to boost your mood, but also reduces stress levels. If you need help managing stress and anxiety, yoga may be a great solution and self-care ritual.

Yoga, practiced in the right way, can be as soothing as a hug or a massage when it comes to reducing tension and relaxing the physical body. Certain postures have a deeply calming effect on the whole system, particularly forward bends and inversions.

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Here’s how yoga for stress relief works:

1. Meditation
Meditation is an incredibly powerful tool for relaxing and slowing down the mind as is any kind of breath awareness. Whether you’re holding postures, flowing through sequences, or in a seated meditation pose, everything begins to slow down when you take your awareness to the breath.

2. Positive energy

Yoga can benefit three aspects of ourselves that are often affected by stress: our body, mind, and breathing. By practicing yoga daily, you can drastically enhance your well-being in a positive manner. The benefits of yoga include that it induces positive energy to your body making you calm, focused, balanced, and relaxed. Whether you are at home, work, or somewhere in between, yoga is always here to help you relax.

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3. Keeps negative emotions away

Emotions like fear, anger and guilt can cause stress, particularly if they are not expressed. A buildup of anything creates pressure. We actually release emotional energy really effectively throughout our yoga practice, even if you’re not aware of it. Postures that release the hips and shoulders are particularly effective.

4. Mood enhancer

Yoga can enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being, and help manage symptoms of depression and anxiety that are caused, as a result of difficult situations. If you are performing yoga outdoors, experiencing the vibrant colors, sounds, and feel of the outdoors during your yoga practice can provide a positive energy boost.

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5. Mental toughness

A common benefit most people recall is that yoga improves your strength and flexibility for the body as well as your mind. Yoga exercises improve mental toughness. When one is performing yoga, the mind gets busy taking care of the coordination of the muscles, or making the body stay in a particular posture, or form.

6. Improves sleep

Stress can also be an enemy for your sleep cycle. It can wreak havoc on your sleep patterns, which, in turn, makes you even more stressed. Yoga for stress relief can help break the vicious cycle and allow you to be relaxed. That means sound sleep won’t be elusive!


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