Can yoga help to reduce mental stress?

Last Updated On November 01, 2021

Yes. Let us understand what stress is. It is a perception of an event that you are unable to handle. For instance, you lose a job, and you have no alternative. You get stressed. You are I'll, and you have no understanding of the problem, and you get stressed. Most of the time, we get stressed about a situation where we imagine a consequence in our brain. That is the worry of the future, the worry of the unknown. 

yoga help to reduce mental stress

Without stress, you will be a couch potato. It is because of stress that you work, earn money, and maintain your family. The problem is not the stress. The problem is the ability to handle stress. If you can take it is eustress; if not, then distress.

Yoga will enhance your ability to handle stress; thus, most of your stress will become eustress. It will make you live in the present moment.
The practice of yoga is very vast and, when one attempts to learn yoga in-depth, he will be able to understand that yoga can do wonders.
Yoga is clearly enumerated in Patanjali Ashtanga yoga as how a person can lead a fuller life and be stress-free.

The first step is Yama which guides us to follow some moral rules like nonviolence, speaking truth, Non-stealing, Celibacy, and Nonhoarding of wealth.

The second limb is about self-improvement, which enables you to develop self-esteem and be fearless in the pursuit of achieving your goals. It says to follow cleanliness, stay content, self-study, put effort without expecting results, and trust in the lord.

Asana is a third limb that makes your body strong, flexible, and healthy. When the body is healthy, the mind develops to be optimistic towards the surrounding. The asana also cures many diseases, which could be a significant obstacle in one's progress. Pranayama helps you control your breath, and when we practice this regularly, it is believed that we shall be able to control our senses and minds.

Pratyahara is about the withdrawal of senses and dhyana is about cultivating intense concentration, and the final stage is samadhi. A man who is capable of following all these aspects of yoga can achieve anything he desires.

Yoga works on all the route causes which affect a person mentally. When you practice Yama and Niyama, you learn how to deal well with the external world that there will be no chance that you are mentally stressed. The asana and pranayama keep your body and mind healthy by purifying and keeping you strong to face any challenging situation.

yoga help to reduce mental stress

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