Who hasn’t or has never had stress-related problems? There will be very few hands raised among your readers beyond the monitor! Today’s life often puts us under pressure, both professionally and privately: working long or irregular hours, lack sleep, worries, hyperactivity, lack or excess of physical activity, difficulty in relaxing and carve out a quiet moment healthy unbalanced, and lacking in nutrients. These and other factors combine to keep high levels of stress in everyday life.
In his Great Book of Yoga Therapy, yoga teacher and Ayurveda expert Remo Rittiner writes that, from an Ayurvedic point of view, these stressors of everyday life “bring the Vata dosha into a situation of imbalance and therefore compromise our physical and mental motor processes. There is a higher than normal secretion of stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline, insulin) which overheat the body, giving rise to a condition that is perceived as a permanent state of alert in which one is ready to fight or flee. In the long run, this excessive release of stress hormones can give rise to what is called burnout syndrome, or even depression. ”
Doing yoga regularly brings tranquility, helps you to listen to yourself and get in touch with the inner Self. Breathing techniques and meditation, in particular, have powerful, even long-term effects on stress-related disorders.
We offer you a dynamic Hatha Yoga sequence for stress reduction, which works on loosening back contractures and prolonging breathing, with a deep calming action on the nervous system. You will see that by practicing the mind will be more and more concentrated and collected, thoughts will be reduced and you will more easily find a state of tranquility and peace.
* In case of problems such as asthma, hypertension, and heart problems it is good to avoid holding your breath
* If the prolongation of the exhalation is excessive for you, respect your limits and never force your breathing