Links We Love - The Stress Relief Edition

Each week we scour the interwebs to bring you amazing yoga articles, insights and stories that we hope will illuminate the power of yoga, the ways in which it can heal and soothe and the ways in which it can make us laugh, smile and learn much more about ourselves than we ever expected. This week’s links we think you’ll love are all about how yoga can reduce stress. Whether it’s limiting the amount of time you practice in order to fit other things into your schedule or if it’s working strictly on your breathing, yoga can reduce stress in a number of different ways.

  • Yoga, guided meditation reduce stress at work: Employees who participated in one 60-minute yoga session per week during lunchtime for six weeks experienced improvements in energy, confidence, composure, elation, life satisfaction, and clear-mindedness.
  • The Five Healing Benefits of Breath: With each inhale and exhale you are drawn inwards, and into deeper awareness of yourself. The capacity for breathing to enable us to actually withdraw from overstimulus and the hyped-up pace of the outer world is glorious, and an incredible tool. The beauty here is that it is available even in the most public of places, as no one will really notice on the train or standing in line or in a waiting room if you close your eyes, take the moment to touch that sweet peace inside, and connect more deeply with your true self.
  • The Stress Relieving Miracles of Yoga: Yoga is not all about the techniques and execution but rather a way to mediate and a way to get the full control of your own potential. It is not doing some positions on that yoga mat, but rather a way to release the tension and be able to learn to be aware of your body and its limitations.
  • Heart Healthy Benefits of Yoga: One of the ways to improve heart health is by lowering stress levels, controlling high blood pressure, and improving blood cholesterol levels. If you’re looking for a fun, relaxing activity to spice up your day and keep your heart healthy, why not consider yoga?
  • Five Ways to Get in a 10-Minute Yoga Practice: Set your intention every morning to practice yoga for at least ten minutes. Whether you emphasize heat and strength or quiet and restoration, your body and your mind will be the better for it.