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Stress Relief in Yoga Practice

Yoga for stress relief

By Faye Martins

Practicing Yoga for stress relief is one way to reduce and prevent anxiety. Developing a personal practice can help people experience the physical and mental benefits. Yoga is a sound method for practicing breathing, mental relaxation techniques, and physical postures for stress relief. The science of Yoga contains many calming benefits. Yoga practitioners experience how to relax, improve cholesterol, higher quality sleep, lower blood pressure, better heart health, and more.


Health Profile

Yoga is a proven method to decrease your stress. It can calm you down and reverse the adverse effects of stress, such as a weakened immune system and increased blood pressure. With that said, plan your Yoga practice and lifestyle around reliable health information to enjoy the maximum benefits. It is wise to consult your physician about any physical activity you participate in, including Yoga practice.

Enhancing Positivity

Yoga poses help release physical blockages like muscle knots, which also release emotional tension. In addition, Yoga can help with mood-boosting endorphins, which create a feeling of happiness. Yoga for stress relief is a viable solution when you are overwhelmed. Yoga is a way to reduce stress by making oneself aware of changing physical sensations. You also learn to cultivate positive emotions by focusing on solutions instead of worrying about the quality of life.


Mental Health

Yoga is a fantastic way to improve sleep quality and reduce stress through deep breathing. Pranayama, or breathing exercises, are easy to learn and require moderate practice. In addition to this, the mindful aspect of practicing Yoga will improve your mental processes, which can enhance innovative thought generation and problem-solving skills.

Meditation for Stress Relief

Yoga is a series of mental and physical exercises designed to relieve tension in the body and mind. Yoga classes often include dhyana or meditation that helps us cope with stress and feel inner peace during challenging times. Meditation helps students manage the daily stress in life. Finding a meditation that works well for your students gives them gentle guidance toward relaxing and states of inner calm.



As you can see in the video above, breathing can be a casual part of one’s daily Yoga training session. We practice Yogic breathing (pranayama) for many reasons. Pranayama can be practiced to energize, calm, or relax the body and mind. Yoga can be practiced with classic breathing exercises, such as Nadi Shodhana, Bhramari, or Ujjayi. Traditional pranayama can be practiced, as seen in the Swami Ramdev video below.


Practical Application in Life

You may automatically think practicing awareness and acceptance will cause even more worrying thoughts. However, this can help you have fewer negative thoughts and be less affected by them. You can eliminate negative thoughts or change their pattern with mindfulness techniques like awareness, acceptance, or location (eventually being present in the present experience).


Yoga Poses

From Restorative (holding) to Vinyasa (flowing), there are many ways to practice postures. Practicing Yoga poses helps the mind cope with worrying. So much of our time is wasted by worrying about matters beyond our control. Relaxing poses such as Camel, Easy Pose, or Pose of a Child can help reduce stress. Slow your mind and breathe when practicing postures. In addition to posturing, we use the breath and inner stillness to train the mind to relax.


Yoga Nidra to Relax

Practicing Yoga Nidra delivers both physical and mental benefits. Yoga Nidra positively impacts social support, mood improvements, and mindfulness. Additionally, Yoga Nidra can also offer stress relief after just one session. Yoga Nidra, a guided meditation, offers deep relaxation and alleviates stress. If you have trouble sleeping, this may be helpful for you. You can do it on Zoom, with a teacher, or via a pre-recorded video.

Yoga Nidra for Insomnia

These days, in conjunction with your yoga routine, you can enjoy a perfect night’s rest by adding some self-care and a targeted stress relief session. Yoga Nidra is a tranquil meditation technique based on relaxation, mental imagery, and sound, making it easy for any yogi to practice this when oftentimes they might be too tired for more active yoga positions or sitting in a seat for up to an hour that’s staring at their concrete black phone screen.


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Yoga for Stress Relief: Flowing Sun Salutations

By Virginia Iversen

Does the movement have any part in Yoga for stress relief? Do flowing asanas make a positive difference in purging stress from our bodies? Of course, regular Yoga asanas and breathing exercises can significantly relieve chronic stress and tension.

State of Mind

When we live in a state of anxiety and stress, our bodies and minds eventually become uneasy. Subsequently, this uneasiness can even result in cardiovascular disease, adrenal fatigue, and depression. Therefore, practicing Yoga regularly will relax your mind and release muscular tension. After all, when you add pranayama exercises, this will create states of blissful relaxation.


Movement for Release and Calm

We should consider the practice of Sun Salutations when addressing Yoga for stress relief. The Sun Salutation is a series of twelve poses foundational to many Yoga practices. The movements of the Sun Salutation warm up the entire body. Traditionally, the Sun Salutation is practiced at sunrise in honor of the warmth and majesty of our sun. The upward and downward action of the body creates a balanced body.

Sun Salutations for the Mind

Generally speaking, as we practice the movements of the Sun Salutation, we feel our connection with Heaven and Earth. For complete instructions on practicing both the A and B series of the Sun Salutation, please refer to these videos on this blog post.


Transitional Movements for Stress Relief

If you practice the Sun Salutation in a flowing or linked manner with the breath, the capacity of this practice for relieving stress and tension is profound. Many Yoga practitioners link the poses of the Sun Salutation together through the transitional movements of Downward-Facing-Dog and Upward-Facing Dog.

Jump Backs

Additionally, jumpbacks are not recommended for people with joint problems in the lower back and feet. Consequently, the jump back adds more impact to the landing. Some people have no problems, while others have injuries. However, for those who have no problems, jumping back will keep your body strong, limber, and warm. As a result, the physically challenging nature of practicing a series of flowing has benefits. Finally, Sun Salutations will allow your muscles and ligaments to avoid unnecessary gripping.


Making the Connection

By linking your breath to the movements of the Sun Salutation, the beneficial effects of your Yoga practice are multiplied. The Sun Salutation is usually practiced with Ujjayi breathing. Nevertheless, this breath is also known as the “ocean-sounding breath” because it resembles the sound of the ocean in a conch shell. To practice this breath, partially close the back of your throat.

Finer Points of Inner Calm

You do this so that there is some resistance to your breath and an audible sound as you inhale and exhale. By maintaining this breath all through your Yoga practice, you will increase the heat in the body, which will help to detoxify your muscles, joints, and internal organs. Indeed, the sound of the breath will also provide a focal point for your mind during your Yoga practice. It is essential to realize this will help to ease anxious thinking. Then, your mind will rest, promoting a sense of inner calm.


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4 thoughts on “Stress Relief in Yoga Practice”

  1. Dear Faye,
    Namaskar, the article about practicing is really an eye opener especially for those who practice thereby helping the very purpose of such practice, thank you for your valuable words.

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