Yoga for Stress Relief

We live in a crazy paced world which seems to get faster each day. We juggle as best as we can, trying to fit in as much as we can. Many people feel stressed or anxious as a result of our busy lives.

What is Stress?

Stress is a process. ... We usually require some levels of stress to get things done. Some people thrive on stress. The term 'stress' in a clinical sense, refers to a situation that causes discomfort and distress.

Stressors are the situations and pressures that cause stress. Anything that puts high demands on a person can be stressful.

The symptoms of stress can affect your body, thoughts, feelings, and behavior. You may not even be aware that you are being affected by stress. Recognizing the symptoms of stress can help you manage them

Symptoms of stress include:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Digestive Issues
  • Nausea
  • Physical aches and pains
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Lower immunity

Unmanaged stress can contribute to many health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Image your stress levels as a cup full of water. When our stress levels are high, the cup is full, so any little amount of water added over-spills – we over react or respond inappropriately.

When our stress levels are low (and the water level is low), and we add some water, we barely notice it. We handle the situation with ease.

Ideally, we want to have an empty cup. Where our everyday stress levels are managed and any situation that adds stress is easily mitigated.

Stress Relief Class

Our Stress Relief classes are run by Yoga Therapists. Yoga Therapists are highly qualified yoga professionals specifically trained to work with individuals working through various health concerns (everything from mental challenges like depression & anxiety to chronic pain, cancer, sleep challenges and cardiovascular disease).

Yoga therapist work with individuals or small group classes to give every student the attention required. We have a maximum of 10 people in each class.

In our Stress Relief Classes, your therapist will focus on specific Yoga postures, breathe practices and meditation to help calm your stress levels and help manage emotions.

When we feel stressed our nervous system responds with Flight/ fight or freeze or the stress response. When experiencing the stress response, you many feel:

  • Heart rate increase
  • Shortened breath
  • Increased blood pressure

By using specific calming Yoga practices, we help the nervous system come into balance. We move into rest and digest. When we are in the state of rest and digest, out body functions optimally. Our emotions are balanced and we have an overall sense of wellbeing.

The more we practice these techniques, the more they become our norm. We take the calmness off the mat and into our daily lives. The neural pathways in our mind are trained to become calm. The feeling of calm and overall wellness becomes a part of our daily life.

Yoga for Stress Relief Classes are held at Inspire Yoga and Wellbeing in Dee Why weekly on:

9:30am Monday
6:00pm Thursday
9:30am Friday

For more information phone 9972 0855 or email

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About the Author

Liama Aesha has been a Shiatsu Practitioner for 17 years and a Yoga Teacher for 10 years.

She owns her own clinic and Yoga studio in Dee Why. She believes in empowering her clients with the knowledge to understand their own health and to give them the best tools to use as and when they require.

Registered Member of Shiatsu Therapy Association, Australia.
Registered Level 2 Teacher with Yoga Australia
Registered Yoga Therapist with Yoga Australia

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