There are so many things to do nowadays that it leaves people exhausted in their day-to-day lives. Many of us have difficulties sleeping, suffer from back pain, feel tight in various parts of the body, and even suffer from anxiety.
While sweating through heavy workout sessions is given the topmost priority, most people are forgetful about their energy levels and fail to pacify their limitless thoughts. Integrating a simple yoga practice into our daily routine helps us with just that; bringing peace, stillness, and relaxation into our lives.
Yoga began as a spiritual practice but it has gradually become the combination of mental and physical exercises that helps to relax and battle off stress and enjoy the infinite health benefits it beholds. It focuses on breathing practice (Pranayama) and mindful movements (Asanas) to calm down the body and mind by triggering and activating the body’s parasympathetic nervous system. This practice helps to increase flexibility, stretch and strengthen muscles, release tension, and ease pain by focusing on thoughts and attention.
A small 2020 study in adult men suggested that yoga stretches lower cortisol levels and has a positive effect on parasympathetic nerve activity, which encourages relaxation.
Different yoga poses help relax the body and mind, reduce stress, and cultivate inner calm. Practicing yoga regularly builds strength, increases awareness, and creates harmony between the body and the mind. Above all, it involves relaxation techniques that help alleviate pain, manage stress, and reduce anxiety while improving physical and overall health.
Here are a few poses and their benefits to get you started!
1. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
This pose helps relax the neck, shoulders, and back muscles as well as calm the nervous system. It creates an inward focus and restores energy. Other than that, it activates the vagus nerve which is responsible for digestion, heart rate, and the immune system. For women, during period cramps, this is the best posture to relieve pain and uneasiness.
2. Head to Knee Forward Bend (Janushirsasana)
This forward bending pose stretches the hamstrings, back, and shoulders and relieves back pain. It is a stress management pose as it presses and stimulates abdominal organs to help relax the body.
3. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
It is one of the best backbend poses that strengthen the back and upper body, neck, chest, abdomen, and groin. This pose is also best for gyno problems. It is also helpful for improving metabolism and digestion. Not only that, but it energizes and mobilizes the spine and promotes relaxation.
Conclusively, integrating yoga practice into our daily lives is worth giving a try as it carries endless mental, physical, and spiritual benefits which can only be experienced by actually starting it. Making yoga a lifestyle will, for sure, yield inner calm and peace in the long run. Thus, this practice is a boon for those who wish to relax their body and mind for healthy and happy living.