Battle your holiday stress with yoga

Regan Kust

Regan Kust is personal trainer at Aurora BayCare in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Watch Regan’s NBC26 interview on the healing powers of holiday yoga!

It’s that time of year again.   The holiday season is in full swing!  And with that comes cooking, cleaning, traveling, presents, and lots of stress. Stress and anxiety are everywhere.

Chronic stress can lead to a variety of health and emotional problems. Some of those health problems range from high blood pressure to increased body fat.

If stress and anxiety are getting the best of you, you might want to give yoga a try.

Here’s how to get started:

First, make sure your doctor clears you for exercise.  If you haven’t had a physical in over a year, make an appointment and get the green light to start an exercise program.

Second, decide what kind of yoga you want to try.   Yoga offers a series of postures and controlled breathing exercises that deliver stress management and relaxation. Yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice.  Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety.  If you’re just looking for better stress management, whether because of holiday hassles or a health problem you’re facing, yoga can help.

Here at Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine, we offer a variety of Hatha yoga classes at various times throughout the week.  Hatha yoga, in particular, is a good choice for stress management. Hatha is one of the most common styles of yoga, and some beginners find it easier to practice because of its slower pace and easier movements. But most people can benefit from any style of yoga — it’s all about your personal preferences.

Finally, when you decide to start attending yoga class, check out the instructors qualifications. Each instructor at Aurora BayCare is certified to instruct.   I am a certified YogaFit yoga instructor with 10 years of teaching experience.  I was also recently accepted into the Bay Area Yoga advanced studies teacher training program.  This will be a year long program where I will learn much more about the art of yoga.

At the end of a yoga session, you should feel invigorated, yet relaxed and calm. If this isn’t the case, talk to your instructor. He or she might have suggestions for you.

Whether you are a seasoned yoga participant or new to the practice, I invite you to join me for class.  You will feel the stress and tension float away from your relaxed body, I guarantee it!

Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine’s experts will put you on top of your game. To start your customized training program, contact us at 920-288-5400.

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