Stress has become omnipresent in our daily lives these days. Sometimes even the little things can put us off balance; we never know what hits us until it does and swings our mood, causing mental and sometimes physical agony. The mental and physical stress we face every day is categorised into different strata and can have various triggers. Overwhelming work and family pressure are some of the common causes that lead to psychological stress. It can take its toll, causing problems like anxiety and depression in the long run.
We can do very little about the external troublemakers as they are not in our hands, but we can always do something to keep our mental balance intact and attain inner peace. Like the grand master, Oogway says, “Your mind is like this water, my friend. When it is agitated, it becomes difficult to see. But if you allow it to settle, the answer becomes clear.” So, train your mind and body, and the rest will take care of itself.
Yoga is the best way to a healthy mind and body, backed by thousands of years of credible research. Here is a list of some Yoga asanas that you can incorporate into your daily routine to reduce stress and bring about a mental and physical balance in your life:
- Sukhasana (Easy pose):As the name suggests, this is an easy one, prevents physical and mental exhaustion, eliminates anxiety, and is also considered good for your hips and spine.
- Balasana (Child’s pose):It is a resting posture that soothes your mind, reduces stress, and benefits the nervous and lymphatic systems.
- Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend):This is an excellent pose to reduce muscle tension and eases your kidneys, liver, and ovaries. It gives complete relaxation to your mind and body and is considered an excellent exercise during menopause.
- Marjaryasana to Bitilasana (Cat-Cow Pose):A perfect pose for stretching your lower back, massaging your spine, and relieving stress.
- Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose):This is probably the toughest of all mentioned but is an excellent exercise to improve your sleep pattern and effectively regulate your mood.
- Savasana (Corpse Pose):This exercise is every beginner’s favourite. It puts your body at ease and slows breathing, lowering blood pressure, and quietening the nervous system.
These simple meditation and physical postures allow you to ease your mental and physical pace gently. Yoga creates a peaceful aura, helps alleviate blood pressure complications, increases your lung capacity, and improves your respiratory and heart rate. Remember that you needn’t meditate for hours and hours to attain inner peace. You can start with some simple steps and let Yoga guide you to peace and enlightenment.
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