Yoga/Meditation as a Coping Tool

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Why do yogis tend to have cooler reactions to problems/stressful situations?

It is not all mental as many of us think. Studies have shown that those who meditate have a larger right insula (the portion of the brain that involves body awareness). This awareness is important because if you know how your mind/body will respond, you’ll have an upper hand in managing it. You learn to control your thoughts before they escalate into something damaging. Also, the reptilian part of your brain that reacts to fear, called your amygalda, may also decrease in response to stress.

“An estimated 80 to 90 percent of visits to the doctor are stress-related but only less than 3% of doctors talk to their patients about how to reduce stress. Yoga, meditation, and other mind-body practices train your body and mind to be able to cope with stress better and improve overall health and well-being.

In a national survey, over 85% of people who did yoga reported that it helped them relieve stress. Exercise is a very useful way to relieve stress, but yoga is different from spinning class or weight-lifting in that it powerfully combines both physical fitness with an underlying philosophy of self-compassion and awareness. One of the main concepts in yoga is being non-judgmental toward both yourself and others, which is a powerful tool for stress relief since much of our stress comes from us being hard on ourselves or frustrated with others.”



The quoted excerpt is from Psychology Today, MarlynnWei M.D., J.D. Read the full article here >>> https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/urban-survival/201512/yoga-stress-relief


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