yin yoga instructor certification intensiveBy Kimaya Singh 

Our modern world is a hotbed of stress inducers – from traffic jams to long lines at the grocery store, it seems as though triggers of anxiety and frustration constantly surround us. The hectic life we live is one of the reasons that the regular practice of yoga is essential for our well-being. Using pranayama, we can learn to breathe in rhythmically and breathe out all of the stress that’s present in both our body and our mind. 

Using Rythmic Breathing Techniques

The very first stress management method suggested on the website of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America is to practice yoga. Focusing on yoga or exercise allows you to free yourself from whatever is causing your negative feelings. Physically activating the body’s natural relaxation response brings your nervous system back into balance and better prepares you to handle your stress triggers in a positive way. 

When turning to yoga as a tool for anxiety relief, you may want to focus less on forms and asanas and more on breathing techniques. Having soothing music playing in the background gives the room a pleasant ambiance, puts out a steady rhythm to keep breath focused and invites relaxation even before class has begun. A yoga venue should promote wellness and positive energy as much as the session does. 

The Benefits of Visualization 

Many yoga students who use the ancient methods for purposes of relaxation respond well to visual cues. By asking students to see a place in their mind where they feel completely at ease, whether it’s a tranquil beach or the moss-covered steps of a stone temple, a yoga instructor may plant a seed that will grow into a consistent relaxation tool that can be used anywhere, in any situation. 

It has been said that humans need a small amount of stress in order to learn and be creative. It is only when anxiety overwhelms us and invades every facet of our daily life that it becomes a problem. According to the Franklin Institute, constant stress has a strong impact on our brain, causing problems with our memory and our ability to learn new information. By learning how to use pranayama to breathe out the bad stress and replace the feelings of negativity, frustration and anger with light and warmth gathered from our inner temple, we can turn unpleasant feelings into positive power and a relaxed state of mind.

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