When people did not even know the terms – “stress, depression, anxiety.” Yoga originated to heal such mental issues. Essentially, it was not made to relieve psychological stress, but it got popular for its stress management advantages too. According to The American Institute of Stress, 77% of people have reported their physical health is being affected due to stress, 73% have an impact on their mental health, 48% experience sleep disorders due to stress, and 33% of people feel extreme stress in their lives. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford therapeutic counselling. So, fortunately, we have yoga as a stress buster for you.
This exercising and meditation method is a proven medicinal treatment for psychological stress and mental disorders. Researchers even say that it boosts your mindfulness too. Therefore, one can expect reduced stress hormones if practised regularly.
Let’s discuss how yoga helps to relieve stress.
Altogether these benefits aid in reducing overall stress. However, it is not a single day process. You will have to be committed and regular while practising yoga. Now that you know how and why yoga is essential for stress management, you must read through the blog to know the poses that help reduce stress.
This one is really good to eliminate anxiety, reducing mental and physical stress. Moreover, this pose corrects your spine posture and opens your hips.
Step 1: Sit with a straight spine and extended legs.
Step 2: Bend knees, bring left foot under the knee and right foot under the left knee
Step 3: Touch your knees with your palms
Your head, neck, and spine should be aligned.
Step 4: Look forward and focus on your breathing
Hold this situation for 60 seconds and then change the crossed legs.
Despite its medical reasons, this pose is effective for getting relief from stress. Our mind is like a baby. Whatever we see or hear in our surroundings, our mind creates an image of it, which decides our mood. Therefore, when someone says “happy baby pose” we already start feeling good.
Step 1: Lie flat on your back
Step 2: Your head should be straight, bend your knees towards your chest perpendicularly, and the sole of your feet should be facing the wall.
Step 3: Hold your feet, spread your knees in the opposite direction, towards your armpits.
Step 4: Hold and flex your heels and rock them side by side. Inhale while bringing knees together, exhale while spreading them apart.
This pose is meant for relieving stress and lower muscle pain. Also, it helps in fighting insomnia. People involved in sports or extensive physical activities can expect to feel relieved with this yoga posture.
Step 1: Stand straight, feet and shoulder-width apart.
Step 2: Let your torso go down as much as it can
Step 3: Give relax to your shoulder and stretch your head downwards.
Hold a position for 1-2 minutes. Take a deep breath, Repeat.
If you have had a stressful day at work, this yoga posture will help you feel relaxed and enhance your sleep quality. Also, practising this posture daily may aid sleep disorders too.
Step 1: Keep your hands and knees in a table pose, with a straight back.
Step 2: Form a cow pose, raise your sit bones upwards, push your chest forward, and let the belly sink in.
Step 3: Raise your head, look forward while relaxing the shoulders from the ears.
Step 4: Put yourself in a cat pose, round your spine outwards, bring in your tailbone, and pull the bone forward.
Step 5: Release your face towards floss
Do not force your chin to your chest. Relax.
This yoga posture is not only good for stress and anxiety relief. This pose has a lot to offer. For instance, one can experience physical relaxation, enhanced blood circulation, complete body stretching. Also, it improves digestion.
Step 1: Sit on your knees
Ste 2: Lower your back and keep the forehead on the floor or mat
Step 3:Stretch your arms straight forward
Step 4: Concentrate on breathing
According to a study, hatha yoga 3 times a week for 4 weeks can have a significant impact on reducing stress and anxiety. This yoga includes all the physical yoga postures included in power yoga to make your body flexible. Your deliberate focus stays on controlled breathing and postures. It maintains healthy blood circulation and boosts mindfulness to release stress hormones. Hatha Yoga includes Mountain pose, tree pose, standing forward bend, downward-facing dog pose, bridge pose, etc.
Now that you know you have a solution to manage your stress and psychological disorders, you must start working on it. Believe us! Yoga has treated the worst cases as well. The process is slow yet steady. However, the quality of results depends on various factors, inadequate yoga time selection (best in the morning), irregular routines, chronic mental disorders (can ease the issue but is it not a treatment). If you do not want to miss our upcoming blogs, keep following our website.