Whether you are a college student, pursuing your career, or raising your children, it’s no secret that stress is impossible to avoid in our everyday lives. Between work, school, maintaining relationships, and daily chores, stress can build and have serious consequences. Stress can lead to:
- an inability to concentrate
- back and neck pain
- unstable emotions
- a weakened immune system
- drug abuse
Yoga is one quick way to help manage built up stress. Just ten minutes of yoga a day can dramatically decrease your stress levels while also improving many other factors of your body’s health.
Besides stress relief, yoga also:
- strengthens muscles
- increases flexibility
- relieves back and joint pain
- relieves arthritis pain
- increases concentration
- enhances balance
- relieves headaches
Yoga can improve the overall quality of your life dramatically within a couple of weeks of dedicated exercise. Don’t let your busy schedule keep you feeling stressed and in pain. Put a reminder in your calander, set a daily alarm, or wake up 10 minutes earlier in the morning to make time for a quick yoga session. Make your mental and physical health a priority and learn some new yoga poses today!
Here are some common poses demonstrated by yoga instructor Alia Antinelli:
While practicing these yoga poses always remember to inhale and exhale with the movements of each pose. Here’s a quick guide to learn how to breathe:
- Inhale for four seconds
- Hold breath for three seconds
- Exhale for six seconds
- Hold breath for two seconds
This breathing excersie isn’t just for yoga, but can be used to help combat anxiety attacks or to just relieve stress in general. Practice this breathing excersie regularly and soon it will become second nature to you.
For all my local readers, San Marcos opened up a new yoga studio near Texas State campus! Shine On is located on University Drive near Colloquium Bookstore and Which Wich. Follow their Instagram for updates!
All photos original.
Gif’s taken from Twitter.