The word stress didn’t exist in the 1960’s. This word came into existence with our technological advancement. The promise of technology was more leisure time with our friends and family, instead we are expected to produce more in less time.
Stress is damaging to our health , it causes hyperactivity of your adrenal glands. These spikes are to supply quick oxygen and energy in an emergency situations. Scientific evidence is showing that stress fuels some of the biggest health problems of our time, including type 2 diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, heart attacks, strokes, as well as autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis. Stress can upset your immune system, lower your resistance to disease.
All told, it could be argued that stress is the number one killer in the Western world today.
Do you experience any of the following ?
- headaches and racing thoughts
- stiffness in shoulders, neck and joints
- take pain killers, anti anxiety medication
- feel depressed and anxious for no apparent reason
- can’t concentrate or focus on tasks
- difficulty in personal relationships
- suffer from constipation or diarrhea
- angry outbursts
Stress from a Yogic Perspective
Whatever the external causes, stress is fueled by the Mind and your thoughts. The Mind can produce a stress response of worrying about problems that don’t even exist yet ! Kundalini Yoga is a powerful technology that stops the Mind from becoming your worst enemy.
By turning down the volume of the negative tape loop inside your head, you discover an oasis of calm and peace inside you. At first you may only be aware of this state after a Kundalini Yoga class, but as you do more yoga you will find yourself in this peaceful state at your core of being during your day. Over time things that used to upset you become very unimportant.
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation have a powerful effect on reducing the intensity of stress on your body and mind.
What if I can’t get to a Kundalini Yoga Class ?
You always have your Breath where ever you go. Breath is the most important tool in yoga practice. The ancient yogis discovered that the breath, which is normally automatic, has a profound effect on the nervous system and if consciously controlled can increase energy levels or promote relaxation. Your breath affects how you feel and you can dramatically alter your state of being.
Stress can change your breathing to choppy and erratic – causing you more unease and tension. Take a moment to take a deep breath. Inhale for 5 seconds. Hold for 5 seconds. Exhale 5 seconds. Do this for 3 minutes.
Just this will relax your nervous system, calm your mind. When your mind is calm, you have access to deeper wisdom from within and creativity and healing will take place.
Just this simple deep breath will bring you a sense of Connection, Compassion, Intuition and Well Being.
Peace and Joy to you,