Yoga is one of the best exercises to engage in if you are looking to focus and destress. You may be familiar with many yoga poses by now, and have even done some of the more advanced ones such as back-bends or head-stands. That’s great, but yoga is more than just doing the physical motions.
Part of the reason yoga can have such positive effects on the mind and spirit is due to its multifaceted nature. Yoga is a mix of the physical poses, breathing techniques, and mediation. To fully reach your goal of focus and destress, you must challenge yourself to fully engage in all aspects of yoga both physically and mentally.
If you practice breathing techniques and meditation during your yoga routine, you will soon come to find that the benefits stick with you, even after you put your business suit back on. Stressful situations will stress you out less, anger triggers will be reduced, and your mood will be much more stable overall.
Yoga Breathing Techniques
Breathing is an integral part of yoga, which is why many instructors will mention when to inhale and exhale during a pose. Breathing exercises have physical as well as mental health benefits, such as optimizing the flow of oxygen-enriched blood, expanding the lungs, and relieving stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Proper breathing form involves using your diaphragm, meaning that when you inhale deeply your belly should expand, not just your rib-cage. While doing yoga, you should be breathing deeply through your nose and engaging your diaphragm to receive the full benefits of the exercise.
Yoga Meditation Techniques
Meditation is a form of mental purification and has a detoxifying effect upon your mind. It can promote clarity of thought, concentration, and focus.
In yoga, the chant syllable of choice is “Om” or “Ahm”, which is believed to be the fundamental sound of the universe. Concentrate on your breath and this one syllable, letting go of all other thoughts and distractions. Try not to let your mind wander, you can think about your to-do list later. Yoga and meditation time is your focus and destress time, so just enjoy the brain-break.