In today’s fast paced life everyone has more apprehensions than hopes and more responsibilities than leisure which cause stress that all of us have experienced one time or another.
Restorative yoga has been long known to relieve stress through relaxation and removal of anxiety if the question is “why?” here is how it works:
1) Decrease in Stress Hormones
Stress is a type of physical and emotional state which is beneficial from evolutionary perspective because it prepares the individual for any perceived dangers in the future but excessive levels of stress hormones like cortisol are indicative and cause of conditions like depression and high blood pressure Restorative yoga through relaxation controls these levels and works even better with a healthy diet.
2) Reduction in Blood Pressure
Ashtanga, a kind of restorative yoga helps in bringing down blood pressure which is related to stress. Blood pressure increases when body is under stress Prolonged high B.P. could damage organs like kidney, lungs and heart Restorative yoga helps the body maintain proper circulation of blood by stillness incorporated postures.
3) Better Coping Mechanisms in Body
By tonification of body and relaxation through this yoga, the body systems can be trained to cope in a better way with internal stressors like aggressive thoughts, pessimism, worries and external stressors like malnutrition, illness, excessive work etc.
4) Stabilizes Muscles
Yoga stimulates muscle relaxation which establishes equilibrium among the parasympathetic and sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system. Relaxation occurs through improved breathing rate, increased blood flow to intestinal tract and other body parts which creates a calming effect.
5) Makes You Happy
Studies indicate that practicing yoga decreases presence of cortisol and serotonin. During yoga there is increased activity in left part of prefrontal cortex, which directly correlates with better functioning of immune system and improved levels of happiness.
6) Connects You to the Present
High stress is caused due to excessive negative apprehensions of the future Yoga through meditation links your mind to present by improving memory, reaction time and coordination it improves focus which reduces distraction and hence removes the intrusive thoughts that cause stress.
7) Helps in Rejuvenating Body and Mind
Savasna is a kind of posture in restorative yoga which triggers deep conscious relaxation. Yoga nidra is a type of guided relaxation which helps in spiritual exploration and relaxation by a state of conscious sleep. This yogic sleep helps “reboot” the mental system to restore balance and rejuvenate.
8) Reduces Fluctuations in Mind
Restorative yoga focuses mental functions and hence fluctuations in brain functions are tamed hence all negative feelings like fear, lamentation, frustration and boredom are uprooted which ends the vicious circle of stress.
9) Helps in Treatment of Insomnia and Fatigue
Insomnia is a condition of reduced sleep due to stress. People often abuse sleep inducing drugs to treat this condition which has a lot of side effects like absence of REM sleep Yoga improves sleep radically through muscle relaxation and hence reduces buildup of fatigue.
Hence restorative yoga helps in stress management by scientific integration of physical and psychological relaxation and restoring balance in the body.