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Stress : The Power of Yoga

October 17, 2017
Stress : The power of yoga

Yoga is a great tool to calm a stressed and overactive nervous system. Personally, when I was in the middle of my Burn-out MediYoga (Medicine Yoga) was one of the major tools I used in regaining my strength, balance and calming my nervous system. Stress : The Power of Yoga

Stress is an unavoidable part of almost everybody´s lives. In my work at Balance Room I meet people daily with stress relates problems. Stress can be so many things. It may that we have a lot of activities around us and not enough time. It is also common that it has to do with high demands – our own and those from others, low self-esteem, anger, disease and acute events in life. It may also be due to bad diet, fluctuating blood sugar, too much caffeine, too much or too little training. Even the fact that we are constantly online seems to be a big stress cause today.

MediYoga and traditional yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, breathing exercise, meditation and relaxation. Yoga may help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate and stimulate the body´s own healing abilities. Everyone can do MediYoga – young and old – and also people with special challenges – eg. Back pain, breathing difficulties, stress, sleep problems, mild depression, Migraine or maybe just with a little uneasiness of body and mind.

 

What is Yoga?

Yoga has been around for more than 5000 years. The word Yoga comes from Sanskrit and the original ord is Yuj, which means work, coordination and integration. Today we often translate it with the association of body, mind and soul. Many think of yoga merely as a physical training with movement and controlled breathing. To strengthen our bodies and reducing stress. However, Yoga is even more than that – a spiritual and philosophical system for personal development with increased self-awareness and consciousness.

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Physical benefits of Yoga

  • Strengthens your muscles, bones and joints
  • increased flexibility
  • help us to relax
  • better sleep
  • Is beneficial to our digestion
  • Teaches us to listen to our bodies
  • Improves breathing

 

 

Mental benefits of Yoga

  • Reducing stress hormones
  • Creates a contact with your breath – a calm breath soothes the mind
  • Calms the stream of thought
  • Improves our concentration and creates mental clarity
  • Opens our intuition

Using yoga as a tool to reduce and release stress does take some commitment and a single class a week will most probably not get you very far. It is recommended that you practise 4-7 days a week if you want to notice a difference in your wellbeing. The good news is that you don’t have to practise for hours, but 15-20 min a day for at least a 6 week period will have an impact on your health and wellbeing.

 

Do you have a practise that helps you reducing stress and being in the present moment?

 

With Love a curiosity,
Kirstine

Photos by Graham Adey

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13 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer October 17, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Detta måste jag prova, har sagt det i flera år dock.. men det är på tiden nu känner jag!

    • Reply thebalancingsoul October 17, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Det är ju bara att testa fler olika stilar, så du hittar en du gillar!

  • Reply Oda Ulrikke October 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Lovely to read! I have though about starting with yoga a couple of times before, but have never taken the step to actually do it. But now I got really inspired, and I will absolutely try it out now, I mean what a benefit for our health!!

    • Reply thebalancingsoul October 17, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      I hope you will 🙂 And do yourself a favor and try different styles. They can be very different, and its important to find the one that feels good for you

  • Reply Maria October 17, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I’ve been doing doing yoga for little over a year now and like you, I absolutely recommend it 🙂 loved the post

    • Reply thebalancingsoul October 17, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you Maria, It really does the trick 🙂

  • Reply Kay October 21, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Awesome post! I love reading posts about stress relief, if you’d ever want to be a guest blogger on my blog let me know! http://www.rose-minded.com

    • Reply thebalancingsoul October 21, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I would love to!

  • Reply Lorna Holowaychuk October 21, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you for an excellent article. Yoga creates balance,,peace, vitality, health, and vision.

  • Reply Dominika October 22, 2017 at 1:51 am

    First time on your blog. I love yoga too, it’s such a stress reliever and a good way to tap into the inner abilities of our minds.
    http://dominikagoodness.blogspot.com.ng

    • Reply thebalancingsoul November 11, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Great to have you here Dominika 🙂 Im glad you liked the article and thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Reply Ms. Health-Esteem October 22, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I turned to yoga a little while after my Graves Disease diagnosis and since then it’s been a got to way to relax and unwind. It’s amazing how balancing it is, both for your physical and mental well-being. Yoga is pretty freaking wonderful! Thank you for sharing <3

  • Reply Norahsmamma October 30, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Blir så sugen på att börja yoga igen när jag läser detta inlägg!

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