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De-Stress Yourself with Yoga and Herbs

Making decisions, relationship issues, financial insecurities, pending bills, sleepless night, meeting deadlines, travelling through the heavy traffic and the other infinite stressful tasks build up lot of pressure on our mind and health.  In today’s modernized world, where stress has become an inevitable part of our life, it is easy to feel stressed out after juggling through the hectic schedule of the day. This prolonged unmanaged stress has taken a toll on our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, while making it the root cause of all the major psychiatric disorders and diseases conditions.

One cannot simply wish away stress; one has to manage stress in everyday life. Prevention and management of stressful life through yoga and herbs is the key to calm the restless mind, strengthen the sick body and to live longer and healthier.

Yoga is India’s greatest gift to the world.  It includes breathing techniques, postures, strengthening exercises and meditation that strike equilibrium between the body and mind, providing all round benefits to human being. Scientific studies ascertain that yoga improves concentration, respiration, blood circulation and all the other bodily systems and metabolic processes. So one should practice yoga to relax, rejuvenate and relieve everyday stress.

Similarly, scientific studies have proven the beneficial effect of medicinal herbs in neuro-psychiatric disorders. Herbs are known to enhance physical energy and vitality, enhance memory and prevent cognitive impairments. Thus they can be powerful aid in stress relief along with yoga.

Here are some of the yoga practices and medicinal herbs to cope up with stress and tension:

  • Pranayama (breathing technique): Is the simplest stress relief technique, where mind is focused on the rhythm of the breaths. In Pranayama, one utilizes the full capacity of lungs while improving the diaphragm muscles. Deep breathing stimulates the release of feel good hormones (endorphins) which overcome pain and helps to de-stress. Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), Anuloma-viloma (both nostril breathing), Ujjayi (hissing breath), Sheetali (cooling breath), Brahmari (bee humming breath) are some of the types of pranayama to manage stress efficiently.
  • Meditation: Mediation is a technique that helps us control our thoughts, emotions and also the flight or fight responses. Regular practice of meditation clears our clutter mind to boost our concentration and self confidence. It heals the mind and the body by improving the blood circulation, lowering blood pressure, reducing the muscular pains and counteracting the stress hormones. Making meditation an integral part of our fitness regime is a sure shot way to seek serenity amidst the stressful life.
  • Yoga postures (asanas) for relaxation and stress relief: Shavasan (Corpse Pose) is the primary yoga posture for relaxation and rejuvenation. This posture that mimics the lifeless state without conscious control calms the nervous system and promotes deep bodily rest. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), Makarasana (Crocodile Pose), Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Shalabhasan (Locust Pose), Vakrasana (Half Spinal Twist Pose) are some of the other postures that promote relaxation and fitness. Staying in a correct posture boosts the body with energy and reaps the healthy benefits. A wrong posture, on the other hand, disrupts energy flow and bodily functions resulting in pain and disorders. Hence it is necessary to consult an experienced yoga consultant before practicing any of the above yoga postures (asanas).
  • Medicinal Herbs for stress relief: Several well-known herbs like Shatavari (Asparagus), Brahmi (Bacopa), Gotu kola (Centella), Jyotishmati (Celastrus) and Shankhpushpi (Bindweed leaf) and Vacha (Acorus) possess powerful anti-stress and mood-lifting activities. They strengthen the nervous system, increase our awareness and intelligence and act as adjuncts that catalyze anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions to relieve mental fatigue, irritability and nervousness. Charak pharma’s SUMENTA is the herbal stress relieving formulation with these anxiolytics, anti-stress, and adaptogenic herbs.  This safe and potent formulation reduces stress and anxiety without any side effects unlike other psychotropic drugs. Sumenta reduces fatigue and improves the quality of life with increased sense of well being and enthusiasm.
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