Stress can be easily combated with the help of yoga. When you follow a regular practice of yogic techniques like asanas, pranayama, and meditation practice etc., this will take care of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Start the day with a few cycles of Surya Namaskars or Sun Salutations, breathing and meditation techniques. If you are able to dedicate even 15-20 minutes on your yoga mat every day, you will feel less stressed and more at peace.
Start with Sukshma Vyayam or subtle exercises. These consist of gentle rotation of neck, arms, wrists, hips, ankles to slowly warm up the joints. Walk around briskly, and stretch and mobilize your muscles. This will prepare your body for a practice, and keep you safe from practice-related injuries.
Here are a few simple asanas that you can hold for upto a minute each.
Follow this up with a breathing technique for another 3 minutes, meditation for 2-3 minutes too, and you can wrap it up by chanting a few mantras.
Disha/direction: Face towards East
Duration You may begin by practicing this breathing technique for 1-2 minutes a day and gradually increase it with time.
Yoga brings clarity of thought, helping you to clear your head and make a deeper connection with yourself. Yoga breeds mindfulness which helps you out of hard situations that life hands out to you. With yoga, you can remove stress from your life, and channel your energies towards growth, and self-development.
The article has been authored by Himalayan Siddha, Grand Master Akshar