Yoga for Stress

by Restorative Yoga Poses on July 23, 2011

Yoga to Decrease Stress
Restorative yoga poses are highly effective way to reduce stress. Stress starts in response to the mind’s perception of danger. Often the defense mechanism is not a result of a life-threatening event as it was for our ancestors but rather a response to modern-day stressors. These stressors may include: heath concerns, a loss of job, stress of a relationship, or many other factors that one can perceive as stressful.

Break the Stress Cycle With Yoga:
Mindful relaxation in the form of restorative yoga is an exceptional antidote to break the stress cycle. The deep relaxation available to you during restorative yoga allows for a period of complete quiet within the body and mind. No effort or movement is required allowing the body to rest deeply.

Yoga Poses to Decrease Stress:
Salamba Balasana, (Supported Child’s Pose)
Simple Supported Back Bend
Upavishta Konasana, Supported Wide-Angle Pose

Understanding the Stress Cycle:
Whatever the reason, the body starts to go through a stress response in which the mind signals to the body to be on alert. This alert triggers a series of actions that result I the release of the stress hormones (adrenaline, noradrenalin) into the body. As a result, the heart rate, blood pressure, rate of respiration, and muscle tension all increase. At the same time, energy is diverted from processes that occur during relaxation such as digestion and assimilation of nutrients into the body and rejuvenation of cells.

When the body is chronically stressed, quality of life is reduced resulting in fatigue, diseases, and even death. For example, prolonged stressors can produce high blood pressure, back pain, and ulcers. As pain and compromised health is a source of stress itself, these issues only serve to compound the problem of stress.

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