• Yoga for Stress Relief

    When you’re feeling stressed a gentle restorative class or Yin Yoga class can be just what the doctor ordered. If you are particularly stressed out and you aren’t in a situation where you can do a few yoga poses you can try a short mindful breathing exercise to calm your nervous system and soothe your mind.

    Most of us will feel stress at some point in life, but too much stress can damage your health and even shorten your lifespan. No matter what the root of your stress it’s important to find relief. Yoga can provide stress relief when you need it most. You don’t have to do a full hour of practice to get the stress-relieving benefits of the practice. Taking a few minutes to do a couple of poses can make a big difference by calming your nervous system, relaxing tense muscles, and soothing your busy mind.

    What is yoga?

    Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that increases your physical and mental health. When you practice yoga, you use breath along with movement to deepen your mind-body connection.

    Yoga isn’t reserved for people who are already flexible or in shape. Anyone can do it. Poses can be modified to fit any body type or physical ability. You don’t have to wear fancy yoga clothes or have an expensive yoga mat. You only need a willingness to learn.

    Benefits of Yoga

    Stretching and moving your body is good for your muscles. The human body was meant to move around after all.

    Researchers have been studying yoga for years and have found that when practiced even for a few minutes it can lower stress hormone levels.

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    What to do when you’re stressed…

    When you’re feeling stressed a gentle restorative yoga class or Yin Yoga class can be just what the doctor ordered.

    If you are particularly stressed out and you aren’t in a situation where you can do a few yoga poses you can try this short mindful breathing exercise.

    Sit up straight and breathe deeply through your nose. Be sure to breathe from your diaphragm, letting your belly and then your chest expand with each inhale to fill your lungs to capacity. Then slowly exhale through your nose. As you exhale let your muscles relax. Feel the tension flowing out of your body. Focus your mind on the feeling of the air moving through your nostrils. Take 10 slow steady breaths to calm your mind and body.

    When you are in a space where you can do some yoga this 10-minute practice will relax the tension you’re holding in your body and melt away the stress.

    We live in a hectic world, but with yoga on your side, you have the tools to keep stress at bay and walk through this busy world with a calm and steady mind. If you’re ready to start practicing regularly sign up for a 14-day trial with Omstars and find out how an at-home yoga practice can change your life.

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  • Managing Holiday Stress – A Practical Guide for Yogis

    If you really think about it, dealing with all that heightened stress, family drama, and last-minute shopping during the holiday season is really no different than moving through a difficult asana practice.

    Now that we’re knee deep in the holiday season, we thought this would be a good time to present our tips for managing all of that holiday stress with the patience and grace of a yogi. You’ve been practicing all year long, right? It’s time to put all that practice to good use!

    Last Minute Holiday Shopping

    Some of us still need to finish up that last-minute shopping, but braving the holiday traffic, and the mindless shoppers could be the trigger that sends you spiraling into an anxious frenzy. Our suggestion – no matter how many things you have on your to do list, keep up with your yoga practice. Whether you’re able to move through a full-length flow, a more abbreviated version, or just to sit down and breath, you’ll find it’s a lot easier to keep your cool when you keep up with your daily practice.

    And if braving the holiday traffic isn’t an option for you, there’s still time to get online and buy that special someone a membership to Omstars 😉

    Dealing with Difficult Family Members

    If you’re someone who has the pleasure of spending loads of time with that difficult uncle, or your overly critical mother-in-law during this beloved time of year, your stress may be kicking into high gear right about now. Much like breathing through a difficult yoga posture can be your saving grace during practice, your breath can be your best friend when it comes to dealing with difficult people. So, in those moments when you’re loved ones are driving you crazy, find your breath, and just focus on that. Try to keep it smooth, even and comfortably deep. This is key to keeping your cool.

    Hosting Parties & Gatherings

    Anyone else out there finding themselves to be the lucky person who gets to host one or two or all of the get holiday get togethers this year? If you’re like me, your stress will probably start to peak as you prepare to invite guests into your home. Well, much like that one pose you can’t quite get into, remember, hosting a get together does not require perfection. Just do your best, be patient with yourself (and your guests), and most importantly, practice ahimsa (kindness).

    Eating & Drinking

    As you may have noticed, the holidays often involve the consumption of alcohol and a whole lot of food. So, when things start to wind down, and life goes back to normal, it’s easy to be hard on ourselves for over indulging. Our advice is to just be mindful. Pay attention to what you’re putting into your body, give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the special treats you only eat this time of year, but don’t over do it. Listen to your body, and you’ll be fine.

    Finally, our last piece of advice is to just enjoy the season; it only comes once a year. With the potential for so many beautiful moments, it just doesn’t make sense to spend all your time caught up in stress, especially when you have yoga as a tool to help you get by. So, keep practicing, remember to breathe, be kind to yourself, and stay mindful.

    Warmest wishes to you and yours this holiday season, with so much love from all of us here at Omstars.

    By Alex Wilson

    Alex Wilson is a writer, yoga teacher, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, and the content manager here at Omstars.com

    Alex Wilson, Anxious yogi