Stress is the cause of 70-80% of illnesses that require medical attention. Medication is only a short-term solution to these problems. This is where yoga can help. Yoga is a non-competitive physical discipline in which postures, called asanas in Sanskrit, are combined with breathing and meditation techniques.
By combining asana, pranayama, and meditation, yoga offers a fundamental solution to stress and, more importantly, provides a lifelong tool for overcoming stress. We all know that exercise is a great way to relieve stress, but yoga is very different from other forms of exercise such as gymnastics, cycling, and weightlifting.
How do asanas and pranayama affect the body and mind?
Many of the calming effects described so far are due to a typical vagus nerve mechanism that you may be able to identify in your own yoga experience. The vagus nerve is the link between the mind and therefore also between the mind and the body. From the base of the heart, the vagus nerve is connected to the facial muscles, heart, lungs, digestive tract, kidneys, and reproductive organs.
It also plays an important role in the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system regulates coronary attacks and promotes a state of calm, as well as the processes of eating, reproduction, relaxation, and digestion.
The vagus nerve regulates our loving and caring behavior. Thus, when the vagus nerve is fully functioning, we feel truly calm and relaxed and, more importantly, we feel safe with others and can modify our flight and fight responses. Feeling calm, relaxed and communicative also stimulates the vagus nerve, which in turn interact with each other.
In other words, by influencing our physical and mental state, we can trigger an optimistic happiness spiral. A careful daily yoga practice, including meditation, breathing exercises and yoga postures (asanas), will help strengthen the vagus nerve. Even a short daily yoga practice of 10-25 hours can make us feel exceptionally happy and blissful.
So how can we incorporate yoga into our daily lives to relieve stress?
Set small, realistic goals. Start with short asanas, 15 to 20 minutes. Practice every day and decide at least four times a week. Consistency is more important than quantity at any given time, and that is the key to success. If you have an instructor, you can use their advice, but if not, there is plenty of material available on the internet.
Add short breathing exercises to your asana observations. This action will change your life. I highly recommend learning and practicing a holotropic breathing technique called Alternate Nostril Breathing (Anuloma Viloma) daily.
Doing these exercises for 5-10 minutes before bedtime at night will improve the quality of your sleep and help you release the stress of the day before bed. A good night’s sleep is a great way to prevent stress.
You should spend the first 10 minutes after you wake up in silence. No phone calls, no books, no music, no eating or drinking. Just sit and tune in to think about what’s on your mind.
Frequently asked questions
What was the theme for International Yoga Day 2021?
International Yoga Day 2021. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation today on the occasion of the seventh International Yoga Day (International Yoga Day 2021). The theme of this year’s International Yoga Day is “Yoga for Health”, a motto that fits our current priorities.
Who is called the father of yoga?
According to the scriptures and beliefs, Shiva is the father of yoga. According to the verses written at that time, Shiva attained perfect enlightenment in the last 15,000 years.
Where is the birthplace of yoga?
Rishikesh is also the self-proclaimed “Yoga Capital of the World” and is considered the birthplace of this widespread observational style, which is said to explore all minds and bodies.
Who was the first to introduce yoga to humanity?
Answer The original form of yoga developed over the last five thousand years in the Indus Saraswati civilization of northern India. The word “yoga” is first mentioned in the Rig Veda, the oldest sacred book.International Yoga Day 2021: Yoga expert suggests ways to integrate yoga into our daily lives to reduce stress Click To Tweet
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