These Yoga asanas can relax yourself and make you stress-free

Today’s world of competition, change and innovation has made life very stressful. People are busy in their lives to such an extent that they have adopted this stressful lifestyle instead of fighting it. Yoga is the oldest workout that can easily help you lead a stress-free life.

Yoga comprises physical postures (asanas), breath expansion and enhancement (pranayama), relaxation and meditation techniques. Try out these Yoga techniques to manage stress.

Asana

When you are in a constant state of stress, your mind and body is tensed, some specific yoga postures can induce the relaxation response in the body. Calming and restorative poses along with controlled breathing activate the parasympathetic nervous system, bringing the mind and body to a calm and relaxed state.

Some Asanas that help in stress management:

  • Tadasana: This helps you improve your concentration levels by increasing your focus level.
  • Balasana: It helps you to relax completely, like a child. In this pose, you curl up like a foetus. But, people suffering from knee injury are advised not to try this pose.
  • Padmasana: This pose is commonly used during meditation and helps to increase the self-awareness levels. The pose helps you calm down and soothe your mind.
  • Savasana: Relax yourself completely with this pose. If you do not have time for other asana. It brings your breathing to normal level.
  • Pranayam: You use very little power of your lungs while inhaling and exhaling. This shallow breathing leads to less oxygen supply and the negative emotions get stuck inside the body. Due to lack of prana (oxygenated breath) we suffer restlessness, stress, anxiety etc. Pranayam encourages slow and rhythmic breathing practice that helps us take sufficient amount of oxygen that re-energizes your body.

Some Pranayams that help in stress management:

  • Anulom vilom Pranayam: It helps in inducing calmness of mind by regulating the flow of prana in the body. One has to do this regularly for maintaining good physical and mental health.
  • Sheetali Pranayam: This practice cools the body and affects the important brain centre’s associated with biological drives and temperature regulation.
  • Bhramari Pranayam: This relieves stress and cerebral tension, so helps in alleviating anger, anxiety and insomnia, increasing the healing capacity of the body.

Meditation

Meditation has proven extremely beneficial in reducing stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure and improving concentration. Practicing postures with steady relaxed breathing can alleviate the physical effects of stress and accumulated tension as well. Having good circulation is important because your life fluids are blood and oxygen. Meditation revitalises the body and allows you to be more focused and concentrate clearly.

You can only overcome the effects of stress and manage them by utilising the beneficial breathing techniques and postures that yoga provides. These techniques doesn’t only alleviates the problems, but revitalise and nourish the mind, body, and spirit.