Yoga reduces stress
Stress has a very physical effect in the body. “Stress activates our sympathetic nervous system, putting us into a fight or flight response,” says Nelson. “Many people these days are so stressed that they are chronically in fight or flight mode, which can lead to metabolic dysfunction, anxiety, depression and other chronic health problems.” So how does yoga help? Nelson says that it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the rest and relax response. “The more we do yogic practices like asanas postures, meditation and slow breathing, the more relaxed we can become.”
Yoga Tip: If you’re in a yoga class and you’re not feeling relaxed, really focus on your breath and the mind-muscle connection. Slow down your breathing and make sure your breaths are deep.