Why You Need Yoga
Life can be stressful. We all know this fact. One moment, everything is falling into place, and the next can be complete chaos. Because life is so unpredictable, sometimes, we can become overwhelmed by all the unexpected variables. Luckily, there are plenty of stress-reducing activities you can do to relieve some of your stress.
In this blog, we will discuss some of your stress-reducing options and show you healthy ways to limit your stress. And, we will also offer you ways to simplify your life so that you won’t allow your stress to build up.
Cleaning Your House
We know, cleaning your house sounds like the worst activity imaginable. However, there have been significant studies conducted that prove how cleaning can have a positive effect on your brain and the way you think. When you are stressed, you can feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. Instead of seeing the good and positive things in your life, you can only focus on the bad or irritating things. When you are stressed, your brain can be cluttered with these negative thoughts, which doesn’t leave any room for healthy ones.
In 2011, researchers at Princeton University found that cluttered spaces make it more difficult for you to focus on or complete one task. Many times, the reason you are stressed is that you have a lot to do in a short amount of time. By not being able to focus, you will be less likely to complete your needed tasks effectively and precisely. So, instead of doing what you are supposed to, your brain is subconsciously distracted by the messiness of your house.
Cleaning can have therapeutic benefits. Your house can be a starting point or a metaphor for your mind or life. If your house is cluttered, you might feel claustrophobic and immobile. But, by dedicating time to cleaning your living space, you can remove any distractions and focus on one task. After you’re done cleaning your space, your thoughts can be a lot more thorough and you will be more likely to complete your needed tasks.
Yoga is good for the mind, body, and spirit. By using breathing and stretching techniques, you are not only strengthening your body, but quieting your mind and regulating your heart rate. When your stress-level is high, your body can enter a “fight-or-flight-mode.” This state is meant to be useful during moments of trauma or stress. For our ancestors, this mechanism was used to protect us from predators or dangers. However, sometimes, this mode can be triggered for no reason at all. When you enter this state, your blood flow restricts, your heart accelerates, and your digestion slows. Also, when you are in this nervous state, you are less likely to make rational decisions or wise choices. Stress in your life can trigger your fight or flight reaction and cause your body and mind incredible strain. With yoga, you can slow down your heart and relax your muscles. Yoga allows you to slow down and gather your thoughts so you can cope with your stress in a healthy way.
If you are interested in attending one of our yoga classes, or would like to become a certified yoga instructor, contact us today.