Stress puts immense tension on the body, both mentally and physically. One way to ease that stress is through the practice of yoga. Yoga is a practice which teaches one relaxation both mentally and physically through the process of different poses and breathing techniques. The physical positions your body is put into alongside the impressive breathing exercises truly relaxes the body into a less stressful state of being.
Ever since I was young, whenever I got mad or worked up about something, my parents would tell me to take deep breaths and count to ten with my eyes clothes. Although my head strong self wouldn’t admit that at the time, it really did help to relax me. Proper breathing can truly help lower blood pressure levels and calm the body. It can also help improve the circulation of both blood and oxygen, and can also improve the strength of your muscles. By pairing proper breathing with physical movement or, in other words, yoga, can significantly lower one’s stress level and help improve one’s the overall well-being.
Randomized control trials have been conducted to determine the truth behind this idea. All cases were analyzed carefully due to each person’s current health state, how long they did yoga for, and what their outcomes were. Overall, the results were very positive and in favor of the idea that yoga helps reduce stress. Apparently most of the subjects reported immediate satisfactory results that showed improvement on their stress level. In this particular study, follow up tests were done. Although no significant data was reported from the follow up test, nothing bad was reported. Could this specific trial suffer from the file drawer problem?
Stress is an extremely uncomfortable feeling for anyone to experience. Through the practice of yoga and learning proper breathing, anyone can lower their stress level.
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Parshad, O. “Department of Basic Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies. Oparshad@uwimona.edu.jm.” Role of Yoga in Stress Management. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.