Can Yoga Help With Stress?
You probably have heard at some point someone say something about how yoga is great for stress relief. You may have written it off thinking, “I don’t know if yoga can really help me with my specific situation.” “Is it actually true, can yoga help with stress?” Let’s find out!
How can yoga get rid of your stressors when it's from finances, school, your job, or family?
If the stress you’re experiencing is from things like finances, school, family, or a job, you may be skeptical on how yoga can “fix” the stress you feel from these things. While you are correct in one sense, yoga isn’t going to get rid of what is stressing you, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be able to help you to feel the stress less.
While yoga cannot eliminate these stressors, what yoga can do is help you learn how to manage your stress in a more optimal way. It can change your mindset on how you deal with things that stress you which in turn does decrease your stress.
This is why yoga is known as an activity that is so effective when it comes to stress relief. It’s because yoga is more than just a normal workout, yoga teaches you how to improve your mindset and it really works to shift your perspective of things. Yoga works on your physical body, works on your mindset, AND helps you connect with your soul, which is why this practice can be really transformational.
Consistency is key
If you only practice yoga when you’re at the point of feeling crazy stressed out by going to just one vinyasa class, the chances of you experiencing the wonderful effects of yoga are slim.
Yoga needs to be a consistent practice.
You can’t pop into a yoga class once a month and expect to have all these positive changes. It’s like anything else we’re working towards in life, consistency is key to seeing results.
All forms of exercise can help decrease stress but yoga is different because it turns into a way of life.
From personal experience, I find yoga to be extremely effective for stress relief. I love weight lifting and I feel great after a good session at the gym, but nothing improves my mindset like yoga.
Yoga helps you change negative thinking patterns and helps you look at life through a different lens. The more you practice, the more you begin to see the beauty and connection in all things around you. If you’re seeing more beauty in this world, your stress level is bound to decrease.
I bet even if you are someone who pops into a yoga class here and there that you do feel better after, but maybe if you’re not consistent it doesn’t last for you.
The state of “yoga,” which is this beautiful enlightened mindset, is within all of us. It’s always within us to access but we need to show up consistently to allow it to shine through more often.
‘Practicing yoga everyday’ doesn’t mean you have to practice vinyasa or power yoga everyday.
Adding yoga into your daily life does not need to be daunting. Even sitting in meditation for 5 minutes counts as a yoga practice. The origins of yoga are actually rooted in meditation, not a vinyasa practice, so meditation totally counts!
I challenge you to try to incorporate yoga into your daily life, whether it be an hour flow, a quick meditation, or maybe you just lie in savasana for 5 minutes. Try it out, you might be surprised on how things that normally stressed you before maybe begin to start melting away with ease.
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