Yoga is an amazing physical workout that has the huge added benefit of stress relief.
A large part of this relief comes from simply breathing. Pranayama (breath control) is used in all postures. “Ujjaya breadth” is performed by inhaling and exhaling through the nostrils with the mouth softly closed. This method of breathing allows you to focus when your mind starts to race or a posture becomes challenging. The combination of focusing on both the breath and the posture is the secret to yoga’s amazing ability to eliminate stress. It is what helps to clear the chatter in your head and transport you to calm and centered state of mind. It’s a physical and mental activity that reconnect you with yourself, as opposed to concentrating on what everyone else demands of you. And even if you don’t have time for a full practice, taking just 5 minutes to stop and breathe can have a dramatic effect on the rest of your day. Your pulse slows, your mind softens, and you are ready to move forward stress free.
Find a quiet, comfortable space where you can tune out the day and be by yourself. Sit cross-legged comfortably with your spine lifted straight and tall. Close your eyes. Inhale slowly for a count of 5. Hold your breath for 5, and then slowly exhale for a count of 5. Repeat this sequence for 1 to 5 minutes. Open your eyes. You will be amazed by how relaxed you feel. All it takes is 5 minutes a day to make a big difference!
Kat, 200hr Yoga TTC 07/weekend