What Yoga Teaches Us About Managing Stress

what yoga teaches us about reducing stress

Guest post by Manmohan Singh 

“On this path, no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reserved; even a little of this practice will shelter you from great sorrow.”- Bhagavad Gita

In today’s fast-paced world, we face endless tasks, worries, and pressure to accomplish goals. Under pressure to be multi-taskers and achievement-oriented, it can seem as if we’re running a rat race, not living our lives.

No wonder we experience stress, anxiety, insomnia, and many other health issues.

But there are many things we can do to add calm to our lives and yoga is one of the best practices for de-stressing.

Yoga:

  • boosts immunity
  • strengthens the heart
  • reduces stress
  • supports mental health
  • stabilizes emotions
  • strengthens the body
  • enhances spiritual awareness
  • promotes a healthy and positive lifestyle

What We Can Learn From Yoga to Reduce Stress

It is rightly said that yoga is the practice of the self, through the self, and for the self. And since our reaction to stress is highly-personal, it’s no wonder yoga can teach us many lessons on how to thrive in the face of daily stress.

Be centred and live in the present

Hectic personal and professional lives raise stress levels to the point where we can no longer enjoy the present moment. But according to many studies, yoga helps us rediscover our centre and stay present.

Yes, practicing asanas, meditation, and pranayama allow us to reconnect with the inner-self, and form a stronger connection. When you are rooted with a strong base, your attention and focus automatically return to the present moment.

Be disciplined and plan ahead

Yoga is a very disciplined practice and teaches us the same. As we plan the yoga class and move step by step, we learn to apply the same approach in our daily lives to reduce stress.

Being planful helps us focus and saves us from the last-minute chaos.

Express and communicate

Yoga is not only about physical, mental and spiritual well-being. It also touches the fourth aspect of life: our emotions. Our feelings play an important role in keeping us healthy mentally, physically and spiritually.

Yoga supports balanced emotions, clarity of thought, and awareness of feeling so we can overcome day-to-day stress. Emotional wellness through yoga also helps us be more effective professionally and in relationships.

Cultivate loving relationships

As mentioned, balanced emotions benefit relationships. Likewise, practicing this wonderful art of self-healing with family, friends, or partners brings togetherness.

When you practice yoga together, you spend time with each other while doing something healthy and positive. Practicing yoga with your partner also helps boost intimacy levels.

Feel yourself and feel the change

To lead meaningful lives, we need to form a very intimate relationship with our inner-selves. Only then can we live fully-realized lives.

Yoga teaches us how to form this connection. It helps us know our own limitations and strengths, and work on those. Yoga helps us ignite self-awareness, feel the change and transformation, and learn to accept and embrace ourselves.

Yoga is an everyday practice, not only to change our minds and bodies but to transform our lives holistically. A stress-free and healthy life is possible when we practice the lessons learned in yoga.

Author Bio: Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides yoga teacher training in Nepal and India. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas. Manmohan has channeled this passion into organizing yoga, meditation and Ayurveda tours, and retreats in the Himalayas.

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