Celebrate Yoga Month for Stress Relief
Stress is a given in our busy lives. A bad work week, lack of sleep or not enough relaxation time can make you mentally tired, cranky and leave your muscles tense and wracked with tightness. Yoga not only releases tension in your tired muscles but it calms the mind as well.
A study out of UCLA suggests that yoga-based meditation programs can help reduce perceived stress. Caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients, who face a lot of stress caring for patients, practiced chanting yoga meditation for just 12 minutes daily for eight weeks. The chanting yoga sessions led to a reduction in the caregivers’ immune system inflammation response, one cause of which is stress. Constant inflammation of this type can contribute to a multitude of chronic health problems including increased chance of illness and even heart disease!
Although one session may be enough to lower your heart rate and get your mind thinking clearly again for a short period of time, as the study suggests, consistent yoga practice can help leave you feeling calm and relaxed in the long run.
These 4 poses will help you destress while holding each posture for 10 or more breaths.
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
The Corpse pose puts the body completely at ease and emphasizes total relaxation. We know that lying completely still can be difficult for some who are used to being on the go all the time, but once you relax it encourages a more restful state. This state of deep rest slows breathing and lowers the blood pressure while quieting the nervous system.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
The Child’s Pose allows us to look inward instead of focusing on the worries of the outside world. It is a resting posture that can help quiet the mind, easing stress and anxiety while gently stretching the back. Start on your knees with your toes together and knees wide. Move your hips slowly back to rest on your heels and extend your arms out in front of you on the mat while resting your head, face down.
Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)
The cat pose soothes and stretches the lower back. Try arching your back while focusing on deep inhaling and exhaling. This helps relieve stress and allows your mind to focus on your breath.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Cobra pose is a back bend that stretches the muscles in the front of the torso, the arms, and the shoulders. It is an excellent pose for increasing the flexibility of the spine and to help control your breathing. If you find it uncomfortable holding the breath while the posture is held, breath gently through the nostrils.
Partner Yoga and Teeter Inversion to Help Ease Stress
Gentle rocking movements on a Teeter Inversion Table called Oscillation can help relax tense muscles and a tired mind. Inversion doesn’t just offer the benefit of stress relief. Check out our Benefits Page to see how Teeter can help you Move Better, Feel Better, Live Better.
Yoga inversions have been used for hundreds of years to improve circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system, among other benefits – our next post will explain some safety concerns and how inverting on a Teeter can offer many more benefits.