Yoga for Stress Relief: 5 Ways Yoga Can Reduce Tension and Stress
You can really bend your way to a calmer mood. Here’s how.
HERE ARE FIVE WAYS YOGA CAN REDUCE YOUR STRESS —BOTH IN THE STUDIO AND ON-THE-GO.
4. IT GETS YOU MOVING
Exercise is becoming increasingly popular among the medical community as a treatment for down-in-the-dumps symptoms such as stress and anxiety. However, high-intensity exercise can temporarily increase your cortisol levels, which may put your body (and perhaps even your mind) under additional stress, Wilson says. Gentle forms of yoga, however, use non-impact moves to help get the stress-relieving benefits of physical exercise without triggering the release of stress-related hormones.
If you feel overwhelmed these days, give yoga for stress relief a try. These yoga poses for stress and headaches might be a good place to start for many. See our complete list of articles about stress for more information.
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