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Exercises for Stress Relief

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 by

Recently I have been writing on different aspects of natural stress relief. I have covered energy healing and herbs as excellent ways to promote natural stress relief. In this article I want to look at different exercises and their effects on our levels of stress.

As a general rule most people think of exercise in the conventional sense of running, jumping, lifting weights, swimming and different types of aerobics.

While these exercises do have physical benefits their stress relief benefits are limited. They do provide some stress relief in terms of pure exertion and pumping up your metabolism. But they don’t teach your body to shed stress nor do they teach your body to block stress before it has a chance to get get past your defenses.

So what exercises do work to keep you stress free.

Not to keep you in suspense, the exercises fall under the categories of yoga, breath work, internal martial arts and meditation.

If you are not familiar with these types of exercises I think you will be very surprised at how effective they are in relieving stress and in protecting your body from new stressors.

What I would like to do is recommend some websites that discuss these types of exercises and also show you examples of different basic exercises that you can practice at home.

Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief

The breathing exercise featured in this post is the basic approach to cyclic breathing. A very good method and certainly easy for beginners.

Stress Relief Breathing Exercise

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When Dr. Andrew Weil spoke to my class at Integrative Nutrition in 2010, my favorite part (besides learning about the magical powers of turmeric) was the breathing exercise he taught us. I meant to write about it immediately,

Here are a number of simple exercises to help relieve stress.

6 Breathing Therapy Exercises for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress

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There are multiple researches and approaches on how to let your breathing to improve your mood, release your stress and anxiety, and allow functioning better in daily life. We will provide several examples of the exercises,

And the last article of this section on basic breathing techniques for relieving stress is on alternate nostril breathing.

The Art Of Solar And Lunar Breathing | Ayurvedic Diet & Recipes

planetwell.com12/6/11

One way to get into this blissful, aware state is through solar and lunar breathing; otherwise known as alternate nostril breathing or Nadi Shodanna.

Yoga Exercises for Stress Relief

Yoga provides a unique method of stress relief. By linking the mind and the body you are able to relax both and therefore ward off the debilitating effects of stress.

The following websites offer a number of different basic poses to help with the process.

Best Yoga For Stress Relief – How To Relieve Stress With Yoga

www.findhomeremedy.com12/13/11

We are living in a world where stress is an integral part of our daily lives. Being a silent killer, the dangers of constant stress cannot be ignored at all.

The Health Benefits of Yoga an Alternative Medicine | MTM Blog

www.mtmweb.biz12/11/11

Traditional yoga philosophy requires that students adhere to this mission through behavior, diet and meditation. But if you're just looking for better stress management — whether because of life's daily hassles or a health

top 10 reasons to try yoga « keep it skinny

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I started doing yoga 3 years ago, and I am hooked. Yoga has completely changed my body. Right now, I am doing a personal 30-day yoga challenge… Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Try Yoga: 1. Stress Relief. The practice

Meditation Exercises for Stress Relief

Overview of Meditation for Stress Management | Healthmeup.com

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Meditation is any form of a family of practices in which practitioners train their minds or self-induce a mode of consciousness to realize some benefits. It is generally an inwardly oriented, personal practice, which individuals can

Vipassana Meditation – Chiselling the Walls of Illusion | The Stress

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Vipassana Meditation – Chiselling the Walls of Illusion. Article by Vijay Raisinghani. More than 2500 years ago, the Great Enlightened Master – Gautama Buddha gave the world a beautiful meditation technique. That wonderful technique of

Kill stress with Mindfulness Meditation | Meditation Techniques and

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Stress is the trash of modern life – we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life – Danzae Pace Lets be.

Tai Chi for Stress Relief

Exploring Tai Chi | World News Gathered & Syndicated

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Traditional Tai Chi consists of the long form and short form. The long form has nearly one hundred ten positions, while the short form consists of less than forty. Stretches are believed to be able to help relieve pain and stress

Tai Chi for Relaxation and Stress Relief

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Tai Chi is no exception. Tai Chi presents techniques that will promote relaxation and relieve stress, through the use of 'mind/body' therapy. Tai Chi techniques are perfect for people, who cannot stay in a seated position for long for

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