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Stress comes to us everyday in various forms and levels. As modern-day women juggling work, family, social life, etc. we are constantly under mental and sometimes physical stress. One of the best ways to alleviate this is to force ourselves to take at least 30 minutes a day several times a week to decompress and re-connect. We sometimes get so caught up in the demands of our schedules that we forget to take care of ourselves. One of the best ways to reduce stress and get a bit of a workout in is yoga.
I found a great article from the Mayo Clinic that defines yoga and explaining the health benefits:
Yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Traditional yoga philosophy requires that students adhere to this mission through behavior, diet and meditation. But if you’re just looking for better stress management — whether because of life’s daily hassles or a health problem you’re facing — and not an entire lifestyle change or way of life, yoga can still help.
Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Hatha yoga, in particular, may be a good choice for stress management. Hatha is one of the most common styles of yoga, and some beginners find it easier to practice because of its slower pace and easier movements. But most people can benefit from any style of yoga — it’s all about your personal preferences.
The core components of hatha yoga and most general yoga classes are:
Poses. Yoga poses, also called postures, are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to difficult postures that may have you stretching your physical limits.
Breathing. Controlling your breathing is an important part of yoga. In yoga, breath signifies your vital energy. Yoga teaches that controlling your breathing can help you control your body and quiet your mind.