How Yoga Can Make You Good At Stress

Stress, as you already know, is inveitable. But people vary widely in how they respond to stress - being GOOD at stress is generally called resilience.

I will also add that these days we tend to think os stress only as a negative thing - distress. But there is also the euphoric stress of big excitement. And stressful situations are often the ones that lead to innovation of all sorts. 

Think about all the things we humans have invented - mostly as a way to try and control our environment and therefore lower our stress.

But we still all seem to feel stressed.

 

This article gives a nice summary of how yoga can help:

By reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems. This, in turn, decreases physiological arousal — for example, reducing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and easing respiration. There is also evidence that yoga practices help increase heart rate variability, an indicator of the body's ability to respond to stress more flexibly.

Going to yoga class is GREAT, obviously, and if you are reading this you probably already know how much it helps with clearing your mind, reducing your perceived stress, easing sore muscles, and improving sleep quality.

But there are tools you can take out of class and use whenever you need to as well.

Since it’s Mental Health Week this week, it’s the perfect time to explore them! 

Here’s my go-to toolbox:

 

  1. Conscious breathing like this exercise to help with anxiety
  2. The Breath of Connection to help remind you that you are not alone, even when it feels that way
  3. Mindfulness - I find these short meditation practices particularly useful
  4. Simple restorative yoga poses to help slow your body and brain down