I’m always looking for new ways to de-stress. It’s no secret that exercise helps with this, but I always seem to be too tired and stressed to exercise intensely (a never-ending cycle!). A lot of my friends have been interested in yoga for a while, but I never thought too much about it, because I always feel like if I’m going to do something to help my body, I should do something that makes me sweat more than yoga! And even though exercise really does make me feel better when I actually do it, going to the gym always seems to end up on my backburner. I have papers due and applications to submit and textbooks to read! But this semester I’m living with a guy who is REALLY into yoga. He’s always super pumped to be going to a session, and often talks about its benefits. Granted, this is not the same as running 5 miles on the treadmill, but it sounds like yoga can do a lot of great things for the mind and body.
I started looking into it online, trying to see if the benefits would be worth my time. So much of yoga is often about finding peace and relaxation, and relieving your body of both physical and mental stress. It helps increase flexibility and therefore makes your body feel less tight – it frees the body. It can also build physical strength substantially, depending on the poses and movements of the class. Yoga also helps you learn better breathing techniques, which is something I could definitely use when I get stressed! The sites that I looked at noted that all of these benefits combined also help with pain prevention in general. But the main reason why I am interested in yoga is STRESS RELIEF. My friends who practice it say they feel completely de-stressed while in the session and for some time afterward.
I may be busy trying to keep all of my required work in check, but yoga almost seems too appealing to pass up at this point. I am trying to find times when the yoga sessions could work into my schedule, since it seems like it can do wonders for some people!
If you’re feeling stressed, maybe try and find some time in your schedule for yoga—or something else that appeals to you personally! There are an infinite number of ways to relax, we just have to get past some trial and error to find the ones that work best for us! Yoga may not end up being my savior, but I’m willing to give it a shot! Even if all the “typical” ways of de-stressing have been ineffective for you, don’t give up! Something’s bound to relieve your tensions eventually.
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