Now that the holiday season is here there’s almost no time to waste. There are presents to be bought, decorations to be placed, gifts to wrap and meals to make. During these few weeks, yoga should be further up on your to-do list!
Yoga has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety in your life in a variety of ways. Take a look for yourself at just a few.
Physical pain can get worse with more stress and physical activity. With all the shopping and planning you can develop everything from sore feet to headaches. Yoga has been shown to reduce the longevity and intensity of physical pain symptoms in people even when practiced just once a week. Even something as simple as back pain can be reduced significantly, which can do wonders for your mood and energy levels.
Yoga shouldn’t be approached like a chore. It’s an opportunity to zone out of the day and take time for yourself to relax and recharge your batteries. Studies prove that one of the biggest stress relieving elements of yoga practice is the mental relaxation that it provides.
According to one scientific study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, levels of chemicals that help reduce anxiety and stress increased after doing yoga. In fact, the participants who did yoga had improved more than those that practiced exercise instead.
Anxiety and chronic pain are usually just parts of broader problems. Many of us suffer from depression, generalized anxiety and so on, not to mention the daily stresses of work and life. These things can pile up and make the holidays seem even more fretful and difficult. They don’t have to be that way.
As mentioned in the previous studies, many practitioners found relief in physical pain and mental stress that stemmed from chronic problems. It’s so important to take some time out of your day to actively relax. Whether that’s asanas or just breathing exercises, you have great resources at your disposal to combat all the tension that comes with this time of year.
Bottom line – don’t let the holiday season bog you down. Come in and meet us for an appointment or a class today!