Tension, worry, emotional upheaval and anxiety can take a heavy toll on health. Some stress helps us to keep up with deadlines and to finish a project. But too much stress can cause headaches, backaches, sleeplessness, constipation, skin problems, depression, hair loss, high blood pressure and more. It’s easy to get overloaded and burned out.
Chronic stress can be very damaging to our systems. We all need outlets to reduce the stored stress we feel in our bodies. Imagine reaching for an immediate "feel good potion" that conquers mental clutter and brings a sense of immediate well- being. The magic cure is yoga. The word yoga means "yoke" which means to bring together.
An old image that yoga may bring to mind is people stretching themselves into pretzel like positions. It’s much more than just stretching. It brings together gentle movement with deep relaxation techniques such as correct breathing and meditation techniques. Yoga moves include smooth stretches and twists combined with deep breathing methods that help the body to loosen tight strained muscles and nerves. Deep breathing flushes out lung tissues and increases the oxygen flow into the blood stream. Yoga resting poses allow the body and mind to enter a calm relaxed state freeing us from the "fight or flight" response that stress often causes. Tight muscles and nerves gradually learn to relax.
If you want to reduce stress, sleep better, and increase your level of calm, try practicing yoga. You can begin at home by using a DVD, learn poses from a magazine or internet source or take a local class. If you begin practicing yoga to deal with stress, you may also reap the benefits of improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. You can reach overall increased fitness. This can help you to manage or reduce the risk of developing chronic health conditions and even lead to weight loss. No wonder it’s called the "magic cure"!
"Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self-control. Energy within and energy without." - Ymber Delecto