Why Yoga Can Be A Mind-blower

A lot of the problems people have with yoga are actually caused by a lack of mindfulness. This is a common reaction, because all yoga-goers have a lot of questions about how to practice and perform. The simple thing is to simply observe your breath. You might get confused for a minute, but eventually this natural state of awareness will lead you to some amazing sensations: the flow of energy, the sensations of cool, the tingling in your fingertips, the peacefulness of meditation, or the rush of fear that comes with going for a walk.

This piece is meant as an introduction to Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Therapy (MBSR). This is the program that I used to help heal my eating disorder as a young adult. It is my hope that any one who is interested in healing from an eating disorder will feel the same way.

The Basics: 

You are already aware of the effects of stress on your body, and you might even have learned about it in some health class. We are living in stressful times right now, as you can see with the national media’s increased focus on personal health. When we find ourselves feeling stressed, anxious, and unfulfilled, we often have trouble concentrating on anything else at all. It is very common for people to feel overwhelmed or “crushed” by their lives, feeling as if all the things that are so good for them aren’t there anymore. If you’re one of them, you have a problem. If you want to learn how to manage stress with practice, then you’re definitely not alone in your experience.

A good way to understand stress is to view it from a physical perspective. A person under a lot of stress is in a precarious situation. Not being able to pay their bills, not being able to find a job, having to do extra work just to survive and all that stress has an immediate physical impact on the brain. Here is the brain’s state as a result. We need to learn to use our sense of touch as a “tool” to relieve stresses and find ways to relax. Stress can be reduced by relaxing our muscles just enough so we can fall asleep at night and wake up fully alert and able to function in the early days of the day.

Many people have different ways of easing the symptoms of stress:

– Physical activities like yoga and martial arts help to focus the mind and reduce the stress response. – Visualization is a popular way of relaxing the mind and relaxing the body. You can envision a peaceful place that is completely free of stress. – Mindfulness exercises are a powerful way of practicing the relaxation exercises and bringing you back to the present moment. By learning to pay attention to your breath, noticing the sensations of warmth and coolness in your body, and learning to observe your negative and positive thoughts, you are learning to be aware of the entire body and what you are feeling. The body knows what to do in a stressful situation because it has learned to do it before. As you learn more, it will become easier to stay centered, to stay calm, and to return back to this new “state”. – Meditation can help you reduce stress and anxiety as well. In meditation, you focus on your breath and try to be in the present moment, noticing how it feels in that moment. This will give you a chance to learn about the subtle states of the body as you become familiar with them. If you think about stress or try to force yourself to feel something, like anger or fear, your mind tends to get frustrated and angry and frustrated. This is a perfect opportunity to remind yourself that you are an amazing person and that you have a lot of things going for you, and it is okay to be happy. If you ever have issues in your life to talk about, meditation can make it easier for you to stay on topic with your focus.


In order to benefit from a holistic approach to stress reduction, you must first understand and practice some principles of yoga.