Do Yoga Exercises Really Relieve Stress?
Stress is actually counted among one of the world’s top diseases in this century. Ask anyone about their health these days, and nine out of ten, including teenagers, will admit they’re suffering from stress. The ancient Eastern practice of yoga is increasingly being advocated as a means of managing this beast, as opposed to medication. The physical postures, breathing control and meditation involved in hatha yoga do play an important role in relieving stress.
Ask anyone where do they feel the symptoms of stress, and they’ll tell you in the neck. When receiving a massage, most of the time, pain is felt in the base of the neck and the shoulder muscles. Your masseur or masseuse would tell you, that you have very tight knots in these areas. Yoga neck exercises are most effective in dealing with this complaint. The most recommended asana (as a Yoga posture is called) is a neck asana called Uttanasana.
This restful practice loosens the neck and shoulder muscles, extends the pine and strengthens the leg muscles. The posture soothes the brain cells. After finishing the asana, one feels calm and cool, the eyes start to glow, and the mind feels at peace.
To do this exercise, stand erect with the feet together, the heels and big toes touching each other. From this position, exhale, bend forward and place the fingers on the floor. Then, if you are flexible enough, place the palms of the hands on the floor, by the side of the feet, behind the heels. I f you cannot touch the floor, simply place your hands around your elbows and bend forward as far as you can, or just let your hands drop as far as they can reach.
Try to hold your head up and stretch the spine. Remain in this position and take two deep breaths. Each time you exhale, contract your abdomen allow gravity to draw your torso down. Remember to keep your neck muscles soft. If you can hold the position longer, take three more breaths. Try to keep your to move the hips a little forward towards the head, so as to bring the legs perpendicular to the floor. Inhale as you gently uncurl upwards, one vertebra at a time, until you reach the standing position. Allow your knees to bend if you feel any strain following this you can do a shoulder rotation to release any further tightness in the neck and shoulders.
Feeling that strain in your neck after using the computer? Get up, try Uttanasana, and you’ll see how much better you feel.