Stress plays a major role in a person’s overall health. Most women today are dealing with stress in every aspect of their life, whether it’s finding the right partner, bringing up children in this highly competitive and fast world, maintaining a relationship with the spouse, in-laws, boss, colleagues, friends, or even trying to strike the perfect balance between home and a career. Problems and challenges in life are inevitable. But how you deal with them define how you will end up as far as your overall health is concerned. Do you know Yoga can help you deal with stress? This International Yoga Day let yoga help you relieve stress. 

Why You Need Yoga? 

Yoga is the need of the hour, in this world full of confusion, stress, and complications. This is because yoga involves a holistic approach to health and fitness. Keeping your body physically active is not enough, working on the health of the mind and breath is equally important. If the mind is continuously disturbed, then no amount of right exercises and a good diet is going to save you from lifestyle disorders like diabetes, PCOD, thyroid, cholesterol etc that might show up eventually. On the other hand, no amount of peace and calmness of the mind is a guarantee to good health if you are leading a sedentary lifestyle with little or no movement and bad food habits. Yoga Expert Nikitaa Parmar shares how Yoga can help in releasing stress.

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Yogic practices such as asanas, pranayama, and meditation work on building and maintaining good health of all aspects of a person whether physical, mental or emotional. Everything in our body is interconnected and hence we cannot ignore any one aspect of our being.

Yoga For Stress

Negative thoughts, anger, nervousness, anxiousness are all common and are a part of life, but when these emotions take over and are persistent all the time, it leads to imbalances in the functioning of various systems in the body, like the digestive, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive, nervous, and even the excretory system. Avoiding negative thoughts and emotions is easier said than done. But Yoga does make this possible for you.

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Something as simple as prana dharana (focussing on the breath while inhaling and exhaling deeply) can instantly calm the mind and put you in a better position to handle situations. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, we end up saying or doing things that we might regret later. But regular yoga practice helps you be in better control of yourself while maintaining the calmness in your body and mind. Taking your attention to the breath can help free the mind of the unnecessary clutter of thoughts that breed anxiety. 

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Pranayama practices like Kapalbhati, Nadi Shodhan and Bhramari are effective in releasing stress and anxiety from the system, while meditation helps calm the mind and encourages you to look inwards and become your own best friend, as you get to know yourself better and start accepting yourself wholeheartedly.

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Yoga reminds us that we are all made of the same elements of nature and this brings down the ego, but at the same time helps us celebrate our individual uniqueness while trying to become a better person than what we were yesterday, without any comparison with others. Yoga has no side effects and can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and heart rate, which helps you to achieve peacefulness of the body and mind. 

The following yoga postures help greatly in achieving releasing tension and negativity from the system:

  • Dhanurasana 
  • Matsyasana 
  • Janu Shirsasana 
  • Setubandhasana 
  • Marjariasana
  • Paschimottanasana 
  • Uttanasana 
  • Adhomukha Shwanasana 
  • Shirshasana
  • Shavasana

In addition to yoga practice, one should also follow a healthy lifestyle like good eating habits, sufficient sleep, and relaxation etc. because yoga is not just about that one-hour practice session, but it is also about how you live your life the rest of the twenty-three hours of your day. Choose wisely, and positive results to your overall health and fitness are certain.

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