When you are moving through and experiencing a specific injury or illness, stress inevitably becomes or already is a factor in the experience.
Chronic stress can lead to a variety of health and emotional problems. Yoga can be an effective method to reduce stress and anxiety. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Practicing relaxation techniques including breathe awareness, visualization, meditation, and yoga can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood. They’ll also help you to stay calm in the face of life’s unexpected events. When stressors throw your nervous system out of balance, relaxation techniques can bring it back into a balanced state by producing the relaxation response, a state of deep calmness that is the polar opposite of the stress response.
Injury and / or Illness very typically will involve poor and / or compensatory movement patterns that have developed as part of the body’s physical response to keep you as functional as possible.
Once you have practiced moving into stillness and being comfortable here, you will then start to notice better your bodies whispers and dysfunctions. Then with this awareness you can move into more functional movement patterns connected with the ease of the breath. This combination develops strength built upon ease, which then moves the yoga student into improved function and therefore doing what whatever it is they love to do.
Enduring life’s challenges as well as dealing with an injury and / or illness can keep your mind busy and possibly pondering the future.
The more opportunities you create for yourself to nourish this peace and relaxation in your body the more your mind has an opportunity to be in the present moment, a healthy, grounded place to be…it just takes practice.
The Therapeutic Yoga program at Chinook Yoga is the perfect place to practice all the above and become comfortable with all the benefits a consistent yoga practice has to offer. Download and practice the free video on this page and then click here for more information on Chinook Yoga’s Yoga Therapy programs.
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