Do you want to live a stress-free life? Do yoga, according to a web post we found recently.
Living a stress-free life is not easy. People deal with stress every day. In America alone, more than 50% are suffering from moderate to high-stress levels. The causes of stress are endless … but some of the more common ones, according to Web MD, are the loss of a job, death of a loved one, divorce, increase in financial obligations, getting married, moving to a new home, chronic illness, and emotional problems.
If you are suffering from stress, we found a video that demonstrates a yoga pose called seated forward bend or Paschimottanasana which can relieve stress. Just a quick note, the person demonstrating the pose is speaking in a thick Indian accent, which may be a little hard to understand. But if you follow the video closely, you will be able to get her instructions correctly.
“Seated forward bend or Paschimottanasana is a calming yoga pose that helps to relieve stress. This pose is also believed to be therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, and sinusitis. It is reputed to be beneficial for overcoming obesity, as well. It can help quiet a busy mind, balance the nervous system, and promote feelings of calm and peace.” via Yoga To Live Stress-Free Life
However, this yoga pose is not for people suffering from asthma or diarrhea.
Yoga is being offered to stressed-out NHS staff in the UK
On another note, yoga and pilates classes are actually being offered to stressed NHS (National Health Service) staff in the United Kingdom as a preventative measure so they won’t get sick. Now, this proves that people are beginning to believe in yoga’s ability to provide relief from stress.
Here’s the rest of the story:
“The North Staffordshire Healthwatch leader said: “Offering members of staff yoga and other types of exercise is an exceptional idea because it will help them a lot. There are a lot of ways to get through life without being driven to pharmaceutical drugs and the staff will benefit. Working in the NHS today can be incredibly stressful, more so mentally than physically now. Anything that helps relieve stress without the use of drugs is something I support. Particularly in the NHS where the workload can be quite mentally challenging and incredibly high.” via Free yoga and pilates classes for stressed-out NHS workers
How effective is yoga for stress relief?
Yoga is a holistic mind-body practice that has been in existence for thousands of years. It is effective. In fact, the Mayo Clinic attests to its potential benefits:
- Stress reduction – A number of studies have shown that yoga may help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.
- Improved fitness – Practicing yoga may lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength.
- Management of chronic conditions – Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety, and insomnia. via Yoga: Fight Stress and Find Serenity