Your Thoughts and You – Do Daily Yoga To Reduce Stress And Anxiety
Millions of thoughts keep running in our mind randomly all the time and most of us have no clue how to control them. As a result of being incapable to tame our thoughts, our thoughts tame us and create a condition in our minds called stress. Surprisingly, stress is now worn as a medal of bravery among humans, it has made ordinary people warriors and their everyday life a battleground. People have found various ways to cope up with stress and the most followed ones are Yoga and Meditation – ancient Indian art forms that teach about the right lifestyle and are believed to set your mind, body and soul free forever, here we are sharing some tips how you can use yoga to reduce stress and anxiety.
Your Mornings Say a Lot About Your Stress!
Your morning routine does decide the way you’re going to manage your stress level for the rest of the day. For instance, if you have a relaxed morning routine, you are less likely to freak out on life’s unforeseen events, if not so, then maybe most of your experiences are always on the edge. Stress is like a trapped force inside your body and mind which continues to throb until it is released. Some yogic postures and movements pave way for it to decamp your body and let you feel rejuvenated.
Breathe-in calm and Breathe-out stress!
You must have observed that people are told in stressful situations to stop and take a deep breath, right? Well, it has effects, breathing in a moment can actually make you feel relaxed and calm. Being an influencer of your parasympathetic nervous system, your breath induces calm naturally. It brings you back to the present scenario mentally and physically. In yoga, pranayama (breathe) is a flow of life energy that runs through your entire body. Here’re a few breathing techniques that might help you in stressful situations.
The Deep Breathe:
Sit anywhere in any comfortable position (lotus is considered best but you can do it on a chair also). With your back straight, take a deep breath, ideally your belly should rise even more than your chest, and release. Try to focus on your breath and listen to its magically relaxing sound and repeat until you feel light.
3-part breathing (Krama Pranayama):
It starts with a deep breath after which, a long inhale, then hold and then exhale one-third. Now pause then again exhale one-third, pause and lastly breathe out entirely. Give this at least 8-10 rounds and then experience the pure bliss of your breath. This is very effective yoga practice to reduce stress and anxiety.
The Ocean Breath (Ujjayi Pranayama):
Your breathing should be loud enough to be heard by the next person sitting to you. When you do so, you make ocean breaths, you feel like a wave going on in your every breath. Your throat feels a contraction every time you inhale.
Equal Breathing (Sama Vrtti Pranayama):
Inhale and exhale at the same length, meaning if you inhale for 1-2-3-4-5 count then hold for the same and then exhale also for 1-2-3-4-5. This helps you build concentration and balance.
Deep breath and stress are inversely related – the more you breathe, the less you stress. So, keep breathing and practice yoga, because yoga is mindfulness and it is just one breath away from you!