A lot of people today complain about stress, anxiety, fatigue, and depression. Healthcare professionals and researchers have put forward a number of reasons for the rapid increase in the number of cases of stress and anxiety that are reported every year. People living in cities are at a higher risk of these ailments owing to their hectic lifestyles.
There are certain ways in which one can keep these ailments at bay including physical exercises, meditation, and Yoga. All of these have proven to work against stress and anxiety. As this article is about yoga, we will focus on its benefits for stress and anxiety besides taking a look at some yoga poses that can be beneficial in the fight against stress.
How Yoga is Beneficial for the Mind?
Yoga includes a combination of physical postures, meditation, and breathing exercises. Yoga helps reduce stress by slowing down your breath, which in turn, helps in reducing tension from the muscles. It also helps in reducing the severity of mental symptoms like anxiety, stress, and depression by rejuvenating your body. Yoga makes us relax by taking off our mind from endless worries and speculation.
Another reason why yoga is so effective is because it focuses on practicing mindfulness – a technique which has even been scientifically proven to help in attaining a sense of well-being. Let us know about some yoga poses that can be really beneficial to deal with stress.
1. Lotus Position
Sit cross-legged with hands resting on your knees, keeping your palms up. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Take slow and deep breaths and focus all your attention to the process of breathing. Initially, your mind will wander here and there, but the whole idea of this yoga practice is to live in the present moment. When the thoughts race through your mind, ensure that you do not problem-solve them; instead, use your concentration to focus on breathing and breathing alone.
2. Fish Pose
Lie on your back with both your arms resting alongside your body. Lift your chest up by using your forearms and elbows in such a manner that you create an arch in the upper back. Tilt your head back to a level where the crown of your head slightly touches the ground. Hold on to this position for at least 5 seconds. Don’t come out of this pose abruptly – press through your forearms and then slightly lift your head from the floor.
3. Viparita Karani
Rest your legs vertically on a wall, while you are lying on your back. Try to keep your legs as straight as possible. Your arms should be by your side with the palms up to open. Stay in this pose for anywhere between 5 to 15 minutes (depending upon your endurance; beginners should start at 5 minutes).
These were some yoga poses that can be effective for people dealing with anxiety and stress. As we mentioned in the beginning of this article, most of the problems that we face today are on account of the modern lifestyles that we live. As humans, our bodies are not designed to do sedentary work for a whole day; therefore, people with sedentary jobs should make it a point to do some sort of physical activity. Also, people dealing with stress and anxiety should complement their medications with yoga and other physical exercises as medications can create dependence on them. Besides, medications are known to have some serious side effects as well. Concluding, we hope that this article will prove useful for everyone who wishes to lead a life which is free from stress and anxiety.
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