Yoga for Stress Relief: 5 Ways Yoga Helps with Stress
You can really bend your way to a calmer mood. Here’s how.
Take a deep breath and relax with yoga for stress relief. Whether you’re a pro or novice, yoga is an excellent way to calm your stress levels. Yoga uses slow and deep belly breaths to lower your body’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol and encourages people to practice “mindfulness,” which can help combat stress over the long-term. In addition, non-impact moves help you get the stress-relieving benefits of physical exercise.
The best part: you don’t necessarily need a studio to practice. After you master the basics, you can practice on your own time and in your own space—even if that means doing yoga for stress relief in your own in your living room. When you’re stressed to the max, climbing onto the yoga mat might not be your first move. But for some, it could be a smart one. Stress can contribute to headaches, and taking steps to reduce stress may help some people avoid them.
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HERE ARE FIVE WAYS YOGA CAN REDUCE YOUR STRESS —BOTH IN THE STUDIO AND ON-THE-GO.
1. IT DEEPENS YOUR BREATHING
2. IT TEACHES MINDFULNESS
3. IT IMPROVES SLEEP
4. IT GETS YOU MOVING
5. IT LULLS YOU WITH MUSIC
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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