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How Yoga Can Help Relieve Stress and Anxiety


If you are having trouble sleeping, catching a breath, or are having panic attacks, you may be dealing with anxiety. You might be feeling so worried or stressed about something in your life that your entire being feels overwhelmed. The key is finding a balance and getting rid of any worries you may have so that you can have some peace of mind. This may sound easier said than done, but fortunately there is a practice that could make a difference in relieving some of your anxiety.

Yoga can help you:

Free your body.

When we are stressed or worried, the body tends to constrict. Our gaze lowers, the shoulders narrow, and our back curls forward, all resulting in a feeling of tightness or stiffness in the chest and neck. This can lead to extreme discomfort for many people and adds to the already existing tension and anxiety. One way yoga can help with this is by incorporating movements that lift up the head and pull the shoulders back, allowing the chest to open up. Standing in this upright position and being able to breathe freely might help you feel more relieved and empowered.

Focus on your breath.

One of the most important practices in yoga is paying attention to your breath. When you inhale be sure to not only fill your chest fully but also your belly, and when you exhale try to pull your navel towards your spine. Concentrating on breathing allows you to slow down, relax, and helps take your mind off things. By doing this, many people feel more in-tune with their body and in control of their minds.

Be compassionate towards yourself.

Especially in stressful times it is easy to neglect your health. When you are anxious and stressed you are most likely thinking about everything other than taking care of yourself. Spending 20 minutes to an hour each day to practice mindfulness and yoga can be an important act of self-love. Your mind and body can use a break, so take some time to slow down, exercise, and find your inner peace with yoga.

If you have a yoga mat and would like to practice from the comfort of your home, Yoga with Adriene is a great place to start. She posts tons of free videos to her website and YouTube channel and has even created a video specifically for anxiety and stress:

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