Yoga and meditiation help you live longer

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Experts say that engaging in a daily meditation and yoga can reduce stress levels of people. Your kids are demanding more attention with their school work; at the office, the exigency of duty demands staying leave the office very late, the house chores is mounting despite having no house help has left, and your husband is asking for more attention. Stress and anxiety are everywhere.Stress is necessary for life. One needs stress for creativity, learning, and survival. Stress is only harmful when it becomes overwhelming and interrupts the healthy state of equilibrium that the nervous system needs to remain in balance. Unfortunately, overwhelming stress has become an increasingly common characteristic of contemporary life, thus the need to curtail it, something even medical supplies can’t do.

The average person experiences between six and 12 fight-or-flight episodes daily, according to Chiodo. These transformations were useful when one needed to fight lions, tigers and bears. But, oh my, fight-or-flight damages the contemporary body and mind particularly since most threats today are psychological not physical, and frankly, most are perceived and not real.

In other words, fight-or-fight used to save lives, now it’s just hurting people physically, psychologically and socially.

For many people, relaxation means lying on the couch and watching your favourite cartoon on the television at the end of a stressful day, sleeping or having a cold shower. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress and anxiety, activating the body’s natural relaxation response is important and achieveable by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise, and yoga.

Today, yoga classes teaching the art of breathing, meditation and posing are offered because it brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping the body to relax and manage stress and anxiety.

Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. The potential health benefits of yoga are numerous and may include stress reduction, increased fitness, stress reduction, management of chronic health conditions and weight loss. While yoga may not cure or offer 100 per cent relief, it can help some health conditions when combined with standard treatment.

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Lady relaxes with yoga on a rock with the moon in the arch of her back.

It makes sense that these practices would be good for the heart. Much of our  stress comes from how we are viewing and reacting to the experiences in our  lives, and our inability to separate our consciousness from our raging river of  thoughts. The silence, calmness and stillness inherent in these practices helps  us open up a space where we can respond rather than react to the events in our  life – this mode of operation reduces stress dramatically. Strengthening this  space also helps us deal with our thoughts better; instead of getting all caught  up in them, we begin to observe them more without judgment and realize their  fleeting nature. It is almost like you become a third-party witness to your  inner world.

If you are looking to improve your heart health, consider implementing some  natural strategies, strategies that have far-reaching benefits beyond addressing  a particular health problem.

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