Yoga For Stress & Anxiety

The Mind is always busy with one or other thoughts, which may be necessary or unnecessary. Becoming A master of the mind is not very easy. Mind, more specifically thoughts affect perceptions and behaviour altogether. To control one’s thoughts either can interrupt and replace them or can vanish them out of the mind. Mind and body are interrelated and interdependent. Nowadays the stress and anxiety are very common problems which mind and further affect the body. A person’s problem with anxiety, can range from mild to severe. Anxiety disorders are common in all age groups.


Normally we feel anxious in many of the situations in our life, but if it is constantly disturbing and interfering our day to day activities, then we call it as Anxiety disorder. There are a number of causes which leads to anxiety disorders. The areas of brain centres that control fear and emotions may involve in some cases. Genetic and environmental factors may contribute to the development of this problem.
Some of the common external factors which cause anxiety disorders include:
▪ Work Stress.
▪ Stress in a personal relationship such as marriage.
▪ Financial problems.
▪ Tension due to some serious illness.
▪ Side effects of some long term medication etc.


  • Generalised anxiety disorder
    Most of the people feel anxious and worried, while facing some stressful situations like competitions, exams, speaking in public etc. These are all constant worries and fears which distract day to day life activities. Symptoms include insomnia, stomach upset, restlessness, fatigue etc.
  • Panic disorder
    Repeated unexpected panic attacks with no warnings which can leads to many problems in daily life show symptoms like sweating, shortness of breath, elevated heart rate etc.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    Some people experience obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour which become so excessive which they might not be able to control. It is characterized by unwanted thoughts and behaviours which they feel compelled to perform. For e.g. Excessive double checking of things such as locks, switches etc.
  • Phobia
    If someone has intense fears of things which are not that dangerous, this condition we can call as phobia. Common phobia includes fear to animals, fear of heights, fear of closed rooms etc.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
    Fear of seeing negatively by others and humiliated in public is the main characteristic feature of SAD. Meeting unfamiliar people and performing in front of others will be giving trouble to these people with SAD.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)
    If a person experiences –a trauma in life either physically or emotionally which can cause an anxiety problem, it is called PTSD.

How Yoga Can Help Reduce Stress & Anxiety ?

Yoga has long been known as a great antidote to stress. The ancient practice combines modern stress-reducing techniques like moving your body, learning to control your breath, and clearing your mind.

Establishing a consistent yoga routine is the best way to experience the difference yoga can make. It can be helpful to start with a simple stress management yoga routine intended for beginners who think they don’t have time for yoga. Keep reading to learn more about how different aspects of yoga can help you relax and decompress.