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3 Ways that Yoga can Calm Your Stress during the Holidays

How Yoga can help with Holiday Tension and Stress

It is no secret that while the holiday season brings a tremendous amount of fun and joy, it also comes with stress and tension for many people. Whether that is due to financial stress, social anxiety, tension from seeing disagreeable family members, sorrow from having suffered a loss since the last holiday season, stress about traveling, or just general anxiety about making sure everything goes according to plan. Of course the goal of the holiday season is to share laughter, exchange gifts, and enjoy food, but most people are affected by at least one of the stress factors previously mentioned. Here at Sunshine Yoga Shack we teach people how to elevate their yoga practice to alleviate stress and anxiety. Here are three ways to practice yoga that will help to reduce your tensions and stress this holiday season.

Breathe. Just Breathe.

Oftentimes when we feel stressed or anxious we find ourselves with a tight chest and being short of breath. This is natural, which is why breathing is such an important part of relaxation. People who are less familiar with yoga might not realize that breathing exercises are a big part of the practice, since regulating your breathing teaches you to relax and reduce the amount of anxiety and stress you are feeling. If you are stressing about buying gifts or your big trip home for the holidays, just take some time out of your day to breathe; just breathe.

Hold a Pose

Holding poses  is probably what most people picture when they think about yoga. There are so many different yoga poses that can help build strength, increase your overall flexibility, improve your circulation, and help you with your balance. However, many poses also help with tension and anxiety. For example, the legs-up-the-wall pose not only helps to improve your circulation, but it can help you to relax and reduce your stress as well. This is a literal approach to the phrase, “put your feet up and relax”, and is worth trying for 10 or 15 minutes after finishing your holiday shopping or wrapping your gifts. Check out our FAQ if you have questions about taking a yoga class.

Reflect and Meditate

If you find that you are filled with negative thoughts this holiday season, meditation is also a hugely important part of yoga that can help reduce your anxiety. All facets of yoga relate to one another. If you are breathing, holding a pose, or meditating, chances are you might be doing all three. Whether you are meditating on your own or doing a guided meditation with an instructor, this practice is very therapeutic. Yoga meditation helps you take control of your mind and shut out the thoughts that are causing stress and anxiety. Peace of mind is the greatest gift of all.

Sign Up for a Yoga Class Today

The holidays are stressful, but yoga will help you to manage that stress. Stay merry this season with our holiday special that helps save you money while buying yoga classes for yourself or a loved one! Whether you are an experienced yogi or a beginner, there is a place for you at Sunshine Yoga Shack. Sign up for a yoga class and make a change for the better in your life. From just basic yoga, to a power hour, to aerial skills yoga, we offer a wide variety of styles of yoga to accommodate every lifestyle and preference. Visit us at the shack for some yoga and a dose of sunshine!

5 Benefits of Doing Yoga

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What are the Benefits of Practicing Yoga?

Every year it seems like yoga becomes more and more popular, with classes being taught at gyms or in independent studios. Some people practice by themselves in the comfort of their home, some people sign up for classes and do it in a studio or at a gym, while others even do it outside with baby goats standing on their back. You might even see a group or individual doing it outside in your local park. So, what is this all about? Here at Sunshine Yoga Shack, yoga is our passion and has changed all of our lives for the better. Our goal is to share the benefits of yoga to the masses, so let’s take a look at five of the benefits that yoga will bring to your life.

1) Yoga Improves Your Physical Health

Yoga is incredibly good for your overall physical health. The practices of yoga can help alleviate back pain, symptoms of arthritis, inflammation, circulation, chronic pain, migraines, and can even improve the health of your heart! Every system in your body from head to toe stands to benefit from practicing yoga.

2) Yoga Improves Your Mental Health

In recent years, the world has begun to take mental health more seriously, which is wonderful since it is just as important as our physical health. Yoga is an excellent method for reducing stress and anxiety, particularly through the various breathing exercises. With reduced anxiety and stress, you are likely to feel more energized and to feel brighter moods more regularly.

3) Yoga Improves Flexibility, Balance, & Strength

Not only is yoga great for your physical and mental health, but it can improve the movement and control that you have over both body and mind. Physically, yoga helps to improve flexibility, along with balance and strength from holding different poses. Mentally, yoga can help improve concentration, patience, and mindfulness. 

4) Yoga Improves Your Sleep

As you practice yoga, your body and mind are in a state of calm, and this relaxation helps to improve the quality of your sleep. Not only will you potentially fall asleep easier, but staying asleep as well. Poor sleep can lead to both mental and physical health problems, so this added benefit only reinforces the impact that yoga has on health.

5) Yoga Improves Your Lifestyle

Not only does yoga improve your health, but it can improve your entire lifestyle. Yoga also promotes healthy eating and exercise habits, and if you join a group yoga class you will find yourself in a supportive community surrounded by like-minded people. 

Sign Up for a Yoga Class Today

Now that you know the wonderfully diverse benefits of yoga, are you itching to sign up for a class? Whether you are an experienced yogi or a beginner, there is a place for you at Sunshine Yoga Shack. Sign up for a yoga class and make a change for the better in your life. From just basic yoga, to a power hour, to aerial skills yoga, we offer a wide variety of styles of yoga to accommodate every lifestyle and preference. Visit us at the shack for some yoga and a dose of sunshine!

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