Category: emotions

Hatha Yoga Poses to Reduce Anxiety

This series of Hatha yoga poses significantly reduces anxiety after only 8 classes, according to a study published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology.     Why should you reduce your anxiety level? Excessive anxiety is a “major component of unhealthy lifestyles.” The mental stress of chronic anxiety possibly contributes to the severity and progression of psychiatric and bodily illness, such as heart disease diabetes asthma 225 Unhealthy, Anxiety-Ridden Participants Researchers from the All India Institute of Medical Studies in New Delhi examined the effects of a lifestyle modification program, with a focus on yoga, on the state of...

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4 Ways Yoga Gets Rid of Depression

Yoga can prevent and treat depression without medication or as complementary therapy, according to several clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical journals.   You might be able to get rid of depression short term after only one yoga class. But when it comes to fighting this unpleasant mental state over the long term, practicing yoga regularly seems to produce better results than an irregular schedule. *Please note that those diagnosed with depression should not substitute yoga classes for medication unless approved by your doctor and people with suicidal thoughts should seek professional help immediately. 1. Yoga Enhances Depression Treatment...

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Yoga Reduces Menopausal Stress Better Than Exercise

Going to a comprehensive yoga class reduces menopausal stress better than exercise, according to a study from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation published in Menopause.     Here is a yoga class, consisting of pranayama, Sun Salutation, and meditation, that reduces menopausal stress better than exercise. Pranayama is the Sanskrit word to describe yogic breathing exercises and the Sanskrit equivalent for the Sun Salutation series is Surya Namaskar. Is Menopausal Stress Common? Fortunately, the following numbers show menopausal stress does not affect the majority of women. Unfortunately, the numbers also show a significant portion of women suffer from stress during this...

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Yoga Increases Teen Test Scores Without Extra Studying

Teens perform better overall and in separate subjects when taking a comprehensive yoga class regularly, according to MGN College of Education’s published in the International Journal of Yoga.     Teens don’t have to spend more time studying to earn better grades. Instead, they can increase their test scores when they reduce stress by taking yoga classes. The inspiration for this study came from two previous studies: One showed even a small or moderate amount of stress negatively affects memory and ability to perform daily tasks. The second study showed that The second study showed that doing yoga can reduce...

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An Iyengar Yoga Sequence to Reduce Stress

Here is a 90-minute Iyengar yoga sequence to reduce stress from a study by researchers at Charite University Medical Centre (Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine). Taking an Iyengar Yoga class once per week is an effective dose to reduce stress—and this study shows you probably won’t see additional improvement by going twice per week. Stress affects up to 80 percent of adults and has negative impacts your health, including speeding up the aging process, and contributes to Cardiovascular disease Degenerative neurological disease Chronic pain syndromes Delayed wound healing Depression Cancer Fortunately, yoga presents a self-care option that helps some people...

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