How to use VHP’s yoga classes to help combat stress and anxiety this holiday season

Trying to meet end of the year work deadlines and preparing for the holidays can be a very stressful time of year. Everyone suffers from mild anxiety from time to time. Unfortunately, the effects of anxiety are magnified when the body is not exercised. You may begin to feel a tightening in your chest from constricted breathing due to stress or anxiety and overtime your muscles start to tense up, making it difficult to get comfortable. Luckily VHP offers great yoga and stretching classes to help ease your body and mind this holiday season.

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. Yoga not only helps to build inner strength, but is also allows you to face the overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life. A few yoga postures done daily can help to regulate your breath, reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate. When you combine breath and movement, you start to flush the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen and other nutrients helping to increase the feel good hormones. This also helps to gently relax your body by releasing tension from your muscles.

Our VHP 30-minute yoga classes and stretch and strengthen chair class help to provide a complete introduction to these exercises, helping to promote better breathing, posture and alignment and ultimate relaxation. The best part about this practice is almost anyone can do it, so when you begin to feel stressed or anxious about all the hustle and bustle going on all around you, grab your yoga mat and start and join us! After class, you will feel instantly better, ready to tackle the day with a new found sense of inner strength and wellness.