(AscendHealthy.com) – Chronic inflammation can cause a number of problems, including diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, joint pain, and more. While inflammation can occur for a variety of reasons, one of the potential causes is stress.
We each carry our stress in different ways, but the effects are often the same. The connection between the mind and body is a powerful force, one many of us take for granted — and when stress becomes chronic, Harvard Health warns that our suffering can become physical.
Fortunately, we have tools at our disposal, and many of us can reduce our symptoms without resorting to medications or expensive doctor visits. Check out this one trick you can take with you anywhere.
Yoga: Healing Mind and Body
Inflammation is often a symptom of (or worsened by) stress, so it stands to reason that finding ways to reduce one might effectively reduce both. Cutting as many stressors as possible is essential — but we can’t realistically expect to live stress-free lives. When unavoidable issues start taking a toll, we may need to get creative about defending our health.
Yoga might seem like an unusual or ineffective way to alleviate inflammation, but it has proven effects. Blood tests show regular yoga practice lowers pro-inflammatory markers and raises anti-inflammatory ones. For some people, a small amount of practice every day or two could be life-changing.
Just one session probably won’t cut it, but most users are likely to start seeing differences in their blood work in as few as 10 days. For people who suffer from chronic inflammation but can’t find the cause, it might be stress — and yoga could be a simple, cost-effective, and drug-free way to get back on track.
Anti-Inflammatory Yoga Poses You Can Do Anywhere
There’s no need to join an expensive gym or sign up for regular classes to enjoy yoga benefits, but there are two vital aspects that are important to cover: poses and breathing exercises.
Most of us are apt to picture people twisted up into pretzels when we think about yoga, but poses are one central element. Beginning yoga might feel intimidating; however, it can become a fun and rejuvenating personal retreat with a little practice.
Here are four anti-inflammatory yoga poses that can be done just about anywhere with a yoga mat and some space:
1. Child’s Pose
Child’s Pose, which requires us to dip the head below the hips, relaxes the digestive tract and the muscles at the front of the body. It also releases tension from the neck and shoulders.
2. Warrior II Pose
The Warrior II Pose helps reduce inflammation by promoting better breathing and boosting circulation.
3. Supine Twist
The Supine Twist promotes spinal flexibility to reduce chronic inflammation. It promotes blood flow to our organs and helps reduce pain from the body.
4. Corpse Pose
Corpse Pose is the ultimate pose for relaxation. It promotes muscle relaxation, encourages us to focus on our breathing, and boosts circulation — all of which can help with chronic inflammation.
Modern life often has us moving in so many directions at once; it’s no wonder the effects of chronic stress plague so many people. It’s time to take back just a few minutes a day to stretch and breathe. It’s a matter of our health and well-being, and the benefits might be surprising.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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