Yoga for the People: Fight Stress and Find Serenity

Understanding yoga

Yoga for the People

Yoga for the People

Yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety.

Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Hatha yoga for the people, in particular, may be a good choice for stress management. Hatha is one of the most common styles of yoga, and beginners may like its slower pace and easier movements. But most people can benefit from any style of yoga — it’s all about your personal preferences.

The core components of hatha yoga and most general yoga classes are:

Poses. Yoga poses, also called postures, are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to difficult postures that may have you stretching your physical limits.

Breathing. Controlling your breathing is an important part of yoga. In yoga, breath signifies your vital energy. Yoga teaches that controlling your breathing can help you control your body and quiet your mind.

The health benefits of yoga

The potential health benefits of yoga include:

Stress reduction. A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.

Improved fitness. Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.

Management of chronic conditions. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.

Feeling Stressed? Yoga is the Way to getout of Stress

Studies have shown that chronic stress can decrease immunity and result in greater vulnerability to disease. However, recently evidence has suggested that a regular practice of Hatha Yoga for Stress may help to decrease levels of inflammation in the body and increase overall health, fitness, and well being.

Yoga for Stress

Yoga for Stress

This study will examine the effects of a regular Hatha yoga practice on chronic stress levels and the immune system in women. More specifically, it will look measures of psychological stress (using surveys), as well as looking at the various biochemical markers of oxidative stress, and how they are affected by a Hatha yoga practice.

The purpose of this study is:

To evaluate the effectiveness of a Hatha yoga practice in reducing chronic stress

To examine the mechanisms through which a Hatha yoga practice affects practitioners

To identify changes in biochemical markers of oxidative stress during a Hatha yoga practice

If you have been experiencing high levels of stress for at least one month, then you may be eligible to participate. Click here to find out if you are a candidate!

Participants are randomly selected (like by flipping a coin) to have the option of giving a blood sample. Those selected will receive a complementary Blood Test that provides information relating to their blood cells. This is not a complete blood check, but abnormally high or low blood cell counts may indicate anaemia, infection or a blood disease.