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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
The Yogic Path to Coping With Stress
By Amruta Kulkarni, CYT 500
It is possible to relieve your stress with a variety of yogic practices, including meditation or exercise. Using natural methods to eliminate your stress can prevent the uncomfortable side effects from long-term use of prescription medications. Use these types of yogic methodology to reduce your daily stress.
1: Yoga Poses and Movements If you begin performing yoga exercise each day, then it will help to reduce your feelings of stress. Have a soft mat to place on the floor, and change into comfortable clothing before beginning to exercise. The best poses and movements for your stress include stretching or deep breathing. You might want to try child’s pose, bridge pose or cat pose to relax your body and mind. By using asana practice after work, you can enjoy your evening without experiencing stress from a difficult day.
2: Consuming a Nutritious Diet
Another important part of yogic methodology is consuming a healthy diet. A diet that is rich in natural plant-based foods such as fruit, vegetables, nuts and brown rice is recommended by yoga practitioners. In addition, experts recommend eating small portions of food to avoid obesity and its health complications.
3: Pranayama Practice
Breath control can also reduce your stress, and this is another yogic practice that you can learn from a professional practitioner. This stress-relieving practice involves performing simple breathing exercises before advancing to difficult breathing techniques. However, after you master the breathing techniques, you can use the practice to eliminate stress while you are in difficult situations.
4: Meditation For Relaxation
At the end of a yoga routine, you will relax in a sitting or reclining pose so that you can meditate for a few minutes. Learning how to meditate is an essential way for you to reduce stress. As you get better at meditating in a class, you can learn to clear your mind anywhere. Understanding how to meditate can help to prevent racing or anxious thoughts that can make you spiral into feeling additional stress.
You can use aromatherapies such as fragrant essential oils or scented candles while meditating, controlling your breath or exercising with yoga poses. While bathing or showering with warm water, you can use aromatic soaps to soothe your mind and relax your body to relieve your stress. You can also use fragrant scents such as sandalwood or lavender in your home and workplace to relieve your stress naturally.