Are you feeling stressed? Struggle to unwind after a long day in work? Carrying unwanted tension in your mind or on the shoulders?
Let’s face it life can be pretty stressful at times having to juggle work and family life, managing finances and meeting tight deadlines. Young people are even falling victim with many admitting to feeling stressed at some point during their lives with school, work and relationships at home.
The unfortunate thing is stress if left unresolved can have a massive impact on our lives leaving us feeling mentally and physically drained. Stress puts great amount of pressure on the body, draining energy resources and keeping the body in a constant state of anxiety. This feeling is often enhanced and magnified when the body does not get exercise, lactic acid builds up in the muscles causing tension and muscle pain.
When we are often stressed we tend to think the same repetitive thoughts over and over focusing on the problems rather than the solutions. We get so wound up that we find it difficult to switch off and therefore the mind has no or very little rest.
When we are placed in stressful situations we also tend to constrict the breath which naturally puts our body in a state of stress causing our heart to work much harder to keep us alive.
You will be glad to know that a number of studies have shown that yoga helps to combat stress and anxiety and has been proven to enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being. Here are 3 sure ways yoga helps reduce stress.
- EXERCISE! The physical aspect of yoga is a great form of exercise that helps loosen up the tense muscles in your body. The areas of the body that tend to carry the most stress are the neck, shoulders, and back. But other parts of the body (like the face, jaw, fingers, or wrists) also can benefit from simple yoga stretches riding getting fluid flowing more freely through the joints preventing the build up of lactic acid.
- BE PRESENT! Yoga is so much more than just physical exercise, it not only allows you to focus on your body, but it also enables you to disconnect from the many thoughts flowing to and through you, allowing you to be present in the moment. This kick starts rejuvenation process in the mind giving you clear headspace, clarity of mind and the opportunity to reflect objectively without judgment.
- BREATHE! Yoga also focuses on the breath by working to unify each and every movement with breath. Concentrating on breathing deeply in and out of the nose yoga creates equilibrium between the mind & body. Those who practice yoga learn to use the the full capacity of their lungs stimulating blood flow and the release of toxins out of the body in turn reducing the overall feeling of stress almost instantly, oh and maximising each breath also increases our lifespan too!
So if you want to live a stress free life and combat stress for good try an IGo Yoga class near you, we will be sure to help you instantly feel on top of life rather than life feeling on top of you! Simply click on the link below to a redeem a free class. (offer only available for new clients only, Terms & Conditions apply).