How to beat stress with yoga

How to beat stress with yoga
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There’s more research than ever being conducted on the healing benefits of yoga. The medical community is finally starting to see what many yogis have felt for years: Yoga is an amazing tool for your mind and body. This article on how to beat stress with yoga, written by a surgeon and registered yoga teacher, was featured on HealthBytes, the blog of New York’s Continuum Hospital network. 

Exactly how you respond to stress — either engaging it with a fiery passion or retreating from it with a whimper — can determine how it affects you. The goal is to find a healthy and productive balance between the two that allows you to manage and enjoy life. Adopting a yoga practice as part of your routine is an extremely effective tool in helping you do just that.

Stress can manifest as exhaustion, lethargy, depression, headaches, change in appetite, irritability, insomnia, high blood pressure, heart disease, body aches and pains, poor concentration, anxiety, anger, aggression and so on. Yoga, the 5,000-year-old practice of physical postures or poses (“asana”), meditation and breath control (“pranayama”), has been shown to have a positive impact on the management of stress and all of its effects.

There is a popular misconception that you have to be athletic, flexible or bendy, strong and thin to “do yoga.” The fact is, anyone, at almost any age and in almost any condition, can practice yoga. To be certain, one person’s practice may appear outwardly different from another’s, and each person will have his or her own unique challenges. Yoga is not a competitive sport; rather, it is a deeply personal practice that, for some, may be profoundly spiritual and transcendent. The biggest challenge of yoga is only in making the decision to step on your mat and start your own practice — one that is appropriate and challenging for you, not the person on the mat next to you.

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