Using Yoga as a Stress Reliever

The exact counterpart of stress is of course relaxation. There are so many ways to reach a level of relaxation so that stress isn't a bothersome issue in our lives.

 

In the daily humdrum business of our existence the stress response occurs naturally. During ancient times stress existed in a miniscule fashion of course compared to today's situation. It also had very different reasons. People were hassled and stressed mainly due to life threatening situations by predators, etc. In today's day and age stress is triggered through everyday situations at work, at school, at home, in relationships, or there could be a competitive situation in a game or even living up to the Joneses could trigger stress.

 
 
THE STRESS RESPONSE VS THE RELAXATION RESPONSE
 
Stress is coloring everyone's lives now and In order to counter the pervasive stressful demands on our lives we need to slip into the relaxation mode through meditation and yoga. These according to me are the easiest and most commendable ways to counter stress. I personally believe very strongly in the mind body connect. I know that a relaxed mind leads to a healthy body.
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How Can the Regular Practice of Yoga and Meditation Be Helpful for the Brain?

Our brain is the source of all thoughts, emotions and feelings. It is the center for creativity, imagination and exploration. The brain is an information processing organ and keeps records of our past. The emotional residues, preconceptions and the negative thought patterns that are recorded in our brain keep us from reaching our full potential. We then develop addictions to numb these negative feelings hoping that the pain of our past will go away.

Yoga means “union” but it is mainly known to us as series of physical exercises (asanas). In my personal experience, during workout routines my brain is running in the opposite direction to my body. It is busy trying to problem solve, create to do lists and think about non-essential things. But during my yoga practice my body and brain are more connected. In actuality, every part of our physical body is connected with the brain. Information is constantly being exchanged between brain and body through the nervous system. By awakening the body’s senses through practices of yoga and by moving the body in new and different ways, we can awaken different part of our brain. In addition, a flexible body creates a more flexible and adaptive brain.

Meditation is the practice of focusing our mind. I realized that during the meditation portion of my class, my body, brain and soul were in alignment as my mind was focused inside by body on my True Self.

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The Amazing Benefits Of Yoga : How It Heals Mind, Body, and Spirit

Whether you’re an experienced yogi or are just starting with your practice, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed some of the health and wellness benefits of yoga.


Perhaps you’re sleeping better or feeling stronger or are just more relaxed and at ease in your daily life. Whatever the case may be, you know that something good is happening to your body–even though you may not be linking it to your practice quite yet.


To help you better understand the benefits of yoga, we have looked at the many ways your practice can heal the mind, body, and spirit. We included also links to scientific studies backing these claims.


Curious? Read on to find out the benefits of yoga on the mind, body, and spirit.

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Yoga and Ayurveda: A Perfect Partnership? An Interview with Insiya and Eoin Finn

In January 2018 Eoin Finn and Insiya Rasiwala-Finn will be leading a Blissology Yoga Retreat to Goa, India that also incorporates Ayurveda practices. This 7-night retreat on the shores of serene Morjim beach in Goa will help you find true health, balance, and profound healing. We asked the Retreat Leaders about Blissology and what draws them to both Goa and Ayurveda.


SEJ: What is Blissology yoga and how is it different from other yoga practices?


Eoin and Insiya: There is a still place within, a source of infinite joy, love and bliss. When we are in touch with this still place within, life ceases to be merely about us and we feel deeply connected to the well being of our body/mind, our personal relationships, our community and nature. Blissology is about deepening our awareness of this place so we can be a positive force in the world.


Blissology founder Eoin Finn with Insiya Rasiwala-Finn
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5 Ways a Regular Yoga Practice Creates Easy Living

Let’s clear the air.

 

First, I’ve never been one to receive messages with an open heart or mind. Accepting things at face value seemed too easy. Secondly, believe me when I say that taking the path of least resistance wasn’t a familiar trail. While others learned life lessons quickly, I seemed to stumble and make the same mistakes over and over again. I continued to spend money I didn’t have. I loved too much or too little. Let’s not talk about forgiveness – myself or others. I found it difficult to accept my shortcomings and I walked around angry so much of the time. This way of living ruled my life from the time I was in my mid-twenties to about two years ago when I started seriously practicing yoga and, even more recently, as I’ve embraced mindful living.

 

The lessons I’ve learned from yoga can be learned anywhere if you’re the sort of person who gets it right away. By “gets it” I refer to figuring out life with relative ease. For some of us though, we need those ah-ha moments. Those rare moments of clarity that seem to catapult you from ignorance to enlightenment in zero to thirty seconds. I found mine on the yoga mat somewhere between down dog and Savasana. In those moments, here is what I came to believe as my truth.

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