Yoga and Stress //

Did you know, that according to a recent survey, 74% of adults in the UK reported feeling “so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope,” 51% of adults who felt stressed reported feeling depressed, and 61% reported feeling anxious.

With these statistics in mind, it’s no surprise that 1 in 4 adults will suffer from mental health issues throughout their lifetime. With our 24/7 working culture in the Western world, this is something we really need to address. There’s evidence of a strong link between Yoga and stress reduction, and we explore these links below.

What is stress?

When we feel stressed, Cortisol is released by the body. In basic terms, a response to any form of perceived danger or threat. The body’s nervous system responds in a “stress response” often known as “Fight or Flight” – and is the body getting ready to protect itself. However, emotional and physical threats aren’t separated in this part of the brain, and so a stress response can often be triggered as a result of work, family, or money issues as well as many others.

If this happens regularly, causing high levels of Cortisol, we are no longer able to respond appropriately to the stress.  We begin to feel exhausted and fatigued. As a result of this, stress can worsen heart problems, digestive issues and respiratory conditions, as well as directly affecting our mental health.

How can Yoga improve stress levels?

Yoga is often suggested as a way to destress or relax – but what does it actually involve?

Yoga is an integrative mind and body practice, combining postures, controlled breathing techniques, and often meditation or relaxation. Proven to reduce stress, lower your heart rate and blood pressure and improve fitness, strength and balance, Yoga is becoming more and more popular as a way to relieve stress and tension. It can be some time out for you, to relax your mind and focus on your breath. When you take your awareness out of your mind and into your body and breath, your body can begin to release tension and tightness.

There are a wide range of Yoga styles available, be it a gentle Yin or Restorative class you’re looking for – to be guided into a gentle and restorative meditative state – to a dynamic Ashtanga or Rocket class to distract from the world off your yoga mat. Just as everyone’s body is different, so are our minds and so there is no one style of yoga for everyone. It’s about listening in, it’s about focus and it’s about doing what’s right for you.

With over 40 classes per week, we have something at Yoga Kula to suit everyone of all abilities and experience levels. From your very first class or beginners course right through to training as a yoga teacher, we’d love to see you on the mat! You can view our full timetable here.

We offer classes, beginners courses, workshops, one to one sessions and bespoke corporate events. We’ve worked previously with Harvey Nichols, Neom, Mars Petcare, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Sweaty Betty, Girl Guides and many more. If you would like us to deliver an event for you or your business please get in touch with us info@yogakulaleeds.co.uk.

 

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