Relieve Holiday Stress with Yoga

Relieve Holiday Stress with YogaAre you suffering from holiday stress?

Squeezing in gift shopping in the 2 weekends left to shop before Christmas… And then there’s travel, parties, and relatives…

Have you tried to relieve holiday stress with yoga? Read on to find out how yoga is effective for stress relief!

Relieve Holiday Stress with Yoga

People often turn to several holiday vices to deal with pressure, whether that be stuffing their faces with those delicious holiday cookies or having a few extra glasses of eggnog. Recognizing my own sources of holiday stress, I’ve recently been reflecting on my personal game plan for dealing with the holiday blues. Exercise — yoga in particular — has always given me a sense of calm in times of stress, so I’ve decided to amp up my routine this season. Though exercise and yoga have always been my coping habits, I’ve often wondered why they seem to work so well. I’d like to share a little research so that maybe you too will consider rolling out your yoga mats this holiday season.

Relieve Holiday Stress with Yoga

The link between exercise and its anti-depressant and anti-

anxiety effects has been studied in various forms. Though the exact mechanism is debatable, many studies generally conclude that exercise can be an effective adjunct treatment for people with depression. In fact, a study by the American Psychological Association concluded that exercise protects college students from developing depression.

During the past decade, the practice of yoga has gained particular respect as a form of complementary medicine. More and more research has studied the effects of yoga on various medical conditions — including depression, anxiety and insomnia. Yoga was originally developed in India more than 2,000 years ago as a method to help people reach spiritual enlightenment. It uses a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation to increase relaxation and balance the mind, body and spirit.

In recent years, studies have shown yoga’s ability to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Scientists have researched and uncovered the biological mechanism behind yoga’s stress-reducing benefits. Though the research is still in its early stages, the mechanism may lie with the role of inflammation. source

Before you reach for another sweet treat, try to relieve holiday stress with yoga! I bet you’ll be glad you did. Check the related posts linked below for specifics!

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About LuLu

LuLu has been practicing yoga for three decades. She's done yoga at home, in yoga classes, and is currently a member at a yoga studio in the Los Angeles area. A freelance graphic designer by trade, she welcomes you to join her on this journey to learn more about the healthful practice of yoga. Namaste!
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