We all experience moments of stress
Looking back to times in my life when I have suffered great stress & anxiety, I know that it is always times when I have failed to remember the importance of symbiosis of the body, mind and soul. One or all of those aspects were being neglected. I was forgetting the benefits of yoga as a way of easing my stress.
We all experience moments of stress and anxiety; feeling pressure is just part of life. Often we can think of the analogy of coal, when it is put under extreme heat and pressure, it transforms into a diamond. So, although these periods can be overwhelming at times, they also can evolve into something great, if however, we maintain balance. We all need to understand how to balance stress and recognise the difference between natural periods of stress and chronic stress.
Those of you that take our classes already, most likely have some understanding of how the body speaks the mind and the connection they share. This is why chronic stress and anxiety can take a massive toll, not only on the mind but also on the physicality & the physiology of the body.
Chronic Stress will most likely lead to shallow breathing that can cause restriction in the torso, affecting digestion, often spiralling into conditions such as IBS or other digestive complaints causing discomfort, lack of self esteem & lack of energy and vitality.
Ways yoga can help ease stress
Maintaining regular yoga practice limits our susceptibility to feeling stress. Within Yoga we practice asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques) and this helps to maximise the flow of energy within the body. Then similarly within the practice of meditation and the deep relaxation that yoga offers, we enable the body to better balance the nervous system. This helps to optimise the energy flow to the organs, lift our immune function and enhance the process of digestion, elimination, reproduction, deep healing growth and repair.
What to do in the moment when stress and anxiety take over.
- Viparita Kirani Pose – This pose is more commonly known as legs up the wall pose. It is a great pose, attainable for many, that helps to calm anxiety and increase blood flow. So grab an eye pillow and take 5 mins to rest the body and soothe the mind.
- Nadi Shodhana – This is a form of alternate nostril breathing. It’s Pranayama we are very fond of teaching at Same Star Yoga as it increases the amount of oxygen taken into the body. This breathing technique helps to purify the blood, ease troubled minds, ease stress, enhance clarity of mind and promote deep sleep.
- Essential Oils – We are great believers in the power of essential oils for relieving stress. Diffusing these oils at the office or at home can bring immediate calming effects. Some of our favourites are from the brand Doterra*. The Wild Orange oil helps bring energy for a stress filled day, the Serenity oil is a lavender blend which soothes and calms, the Balance oil is a grounding blend that offers balance & tranquility and finally the Cheer oil is an uplifting blend that helps to promote feelings of optimism. *We are ambassadors for Doterra
- Nature Connection – Being in nature reminds us of the natural flow of things and gives us a greater ability to trust in the flow of our own lives. The fresh air and the colour green helps to stimulate our heart chakra which governs our respiratory system; this allows us to breathe more easily again and boost our immune system.
- Natural Remedies – Curcumin, the bioactive compound found in turmeric, has been linked to treating anxiety, depression, and more. The spice is often used as a natural remedy due to it boosting serotonin and dopamine levels. So using turmeric in your cooking may help to ease stress, and also it makes your food taste good – it’s a win, win.
- Sound Healing – At Same Star we acknowledge the great healing benefits of sound and are very excited to announce the arrival of our 7 very beautiful crystal singing bowls that we will be introducing to you VERY SOON!! Sound helps to heal the mind and soothe the anxious thoughts.
- Yoga Classes – Practicing regular yoga ensures you don’t drop down the rabbit hole of stress and anxiety. It helps to reset your mind regularly and provides a moment to breathe, coming into your real Self again.
The calming and relaxing benefits of yoga is something that everyone can experience and take with them. We encourage our kula to practice yoga when they are experiencing moments of stress and anxiety. This is going to be very important as the second lockdown comes into play. We have a number of online yoga classes to suit all abilities and we can help you choose the right class for your needs.