Stress is necessary in life but too much can cause illness. Think about it. If you didn't feel some stress about your health you wouldn't be motivated to exercise or control your weight so stress is not a bad thing. It just needs to be guided.
Learning from stress is a good thing. Storing stress in your body is bad.
Yoga is a great stress reliever. It has some breathing techniques that I'm working on. The Ujayi breath is being taught to athletes to calm them before performing. It's great for everyone who has stress...so that means all of us lol.
It uses a soft snoring sound as the breath passes through the throat and a steady even quality while inhaling and exhaling. Here's a great youtube video sharing the technique.
I'm still working on it. It feels like the kind of breathing I do when I'm deep asleep or going into it. It feels great! Makes me want to get my gram crackers and milk and go hit my nap matt.
Give this a try and let me know how you do with it. It differently take some practice.
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