Yoga and Stress Management

Yoga is the most ancient psychosomatic training known to mankind to harness the mental peace and harmony in the life. In the modern days due to the advancement in the science and technology, there has been an increase in the sedentary and semi-sedentary lifestyle which have been causative factors for lack of physical activity and lifestyle disorders including the increased level of the stress.

Stress and Yoga
Yoga classifies the mental modifications into two categories painful and non-painful or in other words afflicting and non-afflicting thought patterns. These afflicting thought patterns are considered to be stressful and they express the energy of an individual with an irregular passion such as the feelings of phobia, anxiety, frustration whereas the non-afflicting thoughts are able to find the consistent expression of the energy which is helpful to maintain the mental peace and tranquility.

Identification of the stress and stressful symptoms
The Stressful Conditions alter various biochemical and psychophysiological responses in the framework of the mind and body, Maharishi Patanjali in his classical work on Yoga Sutras (PYS-1.31) explains these symptoms as pain, dejection, tremor in the body and irregularity of the breath. These consequences are bound to produce the results of lower productivity as they affect the pranic flow in the systems due to the disturbances in the energy pattern. These signs and symptoms of stress can be experienced on multiple dimensions of our personality as follows.

Applications of Yoga Practices for Stress Management
The principles and practices of Yoga are effective in the prevention and effective management of stress and stress-induced disorders. The ancient system of Yoga is a means of alleviating the sufferings of the mankind in its deep sense of philosophical practical experience. The Teachings of Yoga in the form of Ashtanga Yoga or Eight limbs provides a proper discipline for the life in multiple dimensions which is very useful in controlling our social code of conduct, personal behavior, physical, mental and emotional conditions including the perceptions to the phenomenal experiences of the existence.

The concept of afflictions in Yoga philosophy addresses the basic causes of the miseries and the practices of the limbs of Yoga reduce the impurities and develop the wisdom in order to lead the life of good health, happiness, and harmony.

Yogic lifestyle contributes to the correction of lifestyle disorders and prevents their impact which is one of the most effective measures to cope up with stress and stress-induced diseases.