Yoga For Stress Relief

Anxiety is a symptom that brings about seven and a half million Italians to be habitual consumers of anxiolytics (anti-anxiety drugs).

Not only that, despite not being able to quantify the exact number, it is believed that another five million people suffer from anxiety, using drugs composed of an anxiolytic associated with other molecules with specific action for one organ rather than another, we refer to to organs such as the heart, the stomach, the intestine ...

it must also be emphasized that many disorders of the visceral systems are considered disorders of the "nervous system" or disorders of the organs on an anxiogenic basis.

Anxiety is a universal emotion which, in itself, would not be inadequate to prove because it represents a necessary part of the stress response.

It represents, in fact, a defense mechanism aimed at anticipating the perception of danger even before it has clearly manifested itself, by setting in motion the physiological mechanisms that push, on the one hand to the exploration to identify the danger and face it in the most appropriate way and, on the other to avoid escape.

This is why we all have direct experience of it and are able to immediately understand the anxiety of others by identifying ourselves with their state of mind.

In everyday life, situations that can trigger anxiety are frequent: in most cases they resolve positively, without causing negative consequences.

The overcoming of these experiences, as a physiological phenomenon, represents a fundamental element of the development and maturation of the personality.

However, if we fail to positively overcome a situation of real danger or if the state of alarm does not correspond to a real danger to be faced and resolved, then anxiety becomes a disproportionate or unrealistic response, assuming the connotation of a mental disorder.

Instead of representing an element of growth and maturation it becomes an element of disintegration of the personality, instead of favoring an adaptation to the environment, it causes a maladjustment, thus making therapeutic intervention indispensable.

Anxiety is an emotion, therefore when it manifests itself as discomfort, it involves the outside and the inside of the human being.

Yoga is the discipline that in a targeted manner, works both on the outer sphere and on the inner one.

Yoga through its practices acts on all systems, the body system, emotional and mental, producing the integration that recomposes the state of total dispersion and tension.

  • Yoga physically balances muscle tone (hypertonic anxiety), acts on the endocrine glands (vegetative nervous system) 
  • Yoga through its respiratory practices on an emotional level 
  • Yoga through concentration and meditation practices leads to self-awareness. 

The practice of yoga normally taught in schools concerns the practice of technique. 

Applied yoga as a resolution of anxiety states must be directed towards the individual rather than the technique.

When we speak of the individual we mean an "indivisible" and "unique" being.

The Yoga philosophy distinguishes five different aspects in the individual, that is, it looks at it from five different perspectives, all of an experiential nature: we pass from the material, visible, to the invisible, immaterial, subtle aspect.

The material and visible dimension is linked to the physical structure that we experience directly, the first identification that the person has of himself is with the physical body.

But if he wants to aim at a permanent state of health, he must learn to experience all five aspects that constitute him:

  • The material body
  • The functional body 
  • The emotional body
  • The intellectual body
  • The existential body

Yoga as a solution to problems can only work with a completely conscious person who actively participates in its treatment.

What we need to do is bring our "vital activity" to the area where we have problems, activating the respiratory process in that area.

When you start like this, everything that yoga calls "impurity" tends to emerge first, this indicates that the PURIFICATION process has begun. 

Integral yoga defines various types of impurities: on the PHYSICAL level - on the ENERGETIC level - on the MENTAL level - on the INTELLECTUAL level

  • The asanas work mainly on the physical aspect
  • The practice of relaxation on the nervous system 
  • Respiratory practice on the energetic one
  • Meditative practice on mental and intellectual
  • The essence of the antidote to anxiety is to let the vital energy flow.

The only function of the body that we can easily experience and change directly is BREATHING. This is in relation to three different faculties: EXPERIMENTING - FEELING - PERCEIVING THE MIND is the structure through which man can PERCEIVE and EXPERIMENT, if you do not act on it the anxiety and panic disorders are not resolved. 

Consisting not only of physical positions but also of breathing exercises and concentration, yoga makes the inner aspect really important.

To reduce the suffering of the person, inner work is required .

Only then the real cause of the problem is truly addressed and managed, not just the symptom.