Yoga For Stress Relief

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

In our busy modern-day lives stress is all too common! Yoga is a great way to slow down, wind down and reduce stress!

The benefits of yoga are very vast. They include but are not limited to:

  • Helping you move better and feel less stiff or tired

  • Can help you to build strength and endurance especially core strength

  • Helps your body awareness and can therefore also improve your posture

  • Feel less stressed and more relaxed

  • Can help to lower blood pressure and slow your heart rate

  • Has been linked to lower cholesterol, lower triglyceride levels, and better immune system function

There are many different types of yoga. It will depend on what you are looking to get out of yoga practice, as well as your personality as to which type will be most optimal for you.

Below are the most common types of yoga to choose from.

  • Ashtanga

  • Bikram (Hot)

  • Hatha Iyengar

  • Kundalini

  • Power

  • Restorative

  • Vinyasa

  • Yin

We want to focus on Restorative Yoga because of it’s profound effects on our stress levels and ability to bring our body back into balance. The guiding principle of this type of yoga is that support creates a release. By using props such as blankets, bolsters, and blocks the body feels supported enough to release and let go of muscular tension. You can virtually take any yoga pose and make it a restorative pose by adding support and lengthening the duration of the pose!

In our fast-paced, never-stop society, Restorative Yoga gives us the opportunity to be still and get back to our true nature.

Restorative Yoga postures help the body release built-up tension by gently lengthening and opening the whole body including the muscles and connective tissue.  Through this, equilibrium is restored in the body and the body regains lost energy and vitality. 

In a world where we are always going, going, going, restorative yoga is a remedy for the challenges of stress.

Because poses are held for 3-9 minutes or longer, you are able to deeply “let go.” This “letting go” allows the body to naturally restore balance and well being. Our bodies want to return to homeostasis - a state of balance. The problem is that many factors including stress pull us away from this balance.

The practice of Restorative Yoga turns off the flight or fight response and engages the process of rest and digest, inducing a physiological state that is the exact opposite of the stress response and allows the body time and means to return to homeostatic balance.

Adding yoga practice to your current training program can provide you with physical, mental, and emotional benefits.

A great place to start is with a class once a week, a workshop or YouTube Video.