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The Benefits of Yoga in Stress Management

The purpose of yoga has always been to connect the mind to the body. That is what the Buddhists had in mind thousands of years ago. Even then, it was clear that when the mind and body work as one, the self becomes healthier, more aware, and is able function at a higher level.

People who are aware of their thoughts and feelings are able to cope with stress and life’s adversities. They form better and healthier relationships. Ultimately, they believe in their ability to succeed. Emotional well-being is rarely a constant. However, unexpected events can lead to depression, anxiety, stress, and confusion. Losing a job, physical injury, the death or injury of someone we love, or the end of a relationship can cause emotional upheaval. Even good events, such as a new home, marriage, or new job can cause anxiety as we face the unknown.

So, where does yoga come into play?

A healthy mind/body connection that occurs when having meditation provides us the ability to cope with adversity as we become more resilient. It enable us to acquire strong resiliency that prevents us from being victims of circumstances and gives us greater control over our lives. We can strengthen our resilience through relaxation and developing a calmer outlook.

Fortunately, Yoga provides the necessary balance. Yes, work can be stressful, but we see that there is more to our lives than that. This is a healthy outlook that boosts the overall quality of our life when we need it. Both yoga and meditation are invaluable tools for taking greater control over our thoughts, feelings, and our life in general. When we are in control, we sleep better, eat healthier, and connect with others on a higher level.

As yoga increases our mental awareness, we become more aware of underlying emotions and thoughts. That allows us to express and acknowledge them rather than keeping them buried and allowing them to fester. Appropriately expressing negative emotions allows us to deal with them and put them behind us.

- Misty Cassady

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