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As the years pass, more and more people are turning to yoga to help them deal with stress.
Whether it’s a way to get a massage, or just an enjoyable exercise, yoga has become a popular option for many.
But a new study from the University of Minnesota has found that even in the midst of stress, yoga still can be very effective for helping with your mood.
“There are some people who are actually more at risk of developing anxiety and depression, but we don’t really know how much of that is because of the stress we’ve all been exposed to,” says Daniel Lutz, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University.
“The research has shown that if you’re stressed out and you’re able to use a relaxation technique like yoga to ease the pain and anxiety, then that actually seems to be helpful.”
Lutz and his colleagues created a series of six yoga videos that show you how to take a relaxed and calm approach to yoga.
First, they trained a group of students to sit on a yoga mat, with one leg on the floor, with their hands held in front of them.
Then, the participants were instructed to take five breaths while maintaining a relaxed posture.
Finally, the group was shown a series that included music.
The videos, which were recorded on iPhones, were played for a total of 10 minutes.
The video training, Lutz says, “was very effective, even though it’s very stressful.”
He says that in this case, the people who did better with the yoga videos did so by practicing a relaxed position in which they didn’t move their arms or legs.
“In the video, we see that they’re not doing any static movement, they’re simply holding their breath and relaxing their shoulders,” Lutz explains.
“It’s not like they’re doing yoga to get rid of tension.”
While the researchers did find that the yoga video was more effective than the music video for those who were able to relax, there were also some significant differences in the two videos.
“Our findings showed that when you’re relaxed and relaxed with a particular pose or breathing technique, you actually feel a positive psychological effect,” Litz says.
“That’s probably because the music is so calming, but it doesn’t provide the same level of physical and emotional release.”
The researchers also found that the people in the yoga group were able with the music to relax a little more when they were given feedback on the video.
But when they did get feedback, they were more likely to use that feedback to justify using the relaxation technique instead.
In other words, it seems that when the yoga instructor tells you to relax and use a breathing technique or to be more mindful, you may be able to pull off more relaxation without the negative feedback.
“You’re not just saying, ‘I’m doing this because I need to relax,'” Lutz adds.
“I think you’re saying, OK, this feels really good, I need this, this is helping me feel better.”
That may be true for some people, but not for everyone.
“For many people, the relaxation, the calmness of the yoga, that is their core of being,” says Dr. James Todrick, an associate professor of psychology and health care services at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
“So if you can’t get enough of that, you’re going to use more relaxation techniques.”