Stress Management - The Vedic Yoga Way
Sanatana Dharma as a way of life has to be an integrated lifestyle. All that one does in life needs to be connected including Vedic yoga. It is not always about what you do but about doing the right thing to tap Ishvara's grace. Actions/Karmas need to be conducive to remove possible obstacles in life. Is stress normal? Of course it is. As long as the mind has a challenge it will be stressed. What stresses us? Anything practically! Difficult decisions, unexpected visitors, not arriving on time for an appointment or catching the plane. The problem is in the mind. The sanskrit word for stress is 'Adhi'.
To handle stress in the long term, one needs to know what is the root cause of stress:
1. Belief system: My own thinking. How healthy is my thinking?
2. Lifestyle: The way we manage our life. Is our lifestyle conducive to our goals in life?
3. Situations - External and Internal. Whatever that was external eventually becomes an internal experience.
4. Genetic/Hormonal- It is good to get medical attention where necessary and not depend on yoga entirely. Does Yoga help? Definitely.
What are the Effects of Stress? Let’s use the Pancakosha (5 Sheaths) method to show it:
- Body: eczema, rashes, wrinkles, premature greying of hair, dry lips
- Prana: headache, more toxins, indigestion, involuntary bowel movement, chest pains, palpitations, stroke, heart attack
- Emotions: moodiness, irritable, agitated, depression
- Knowledge: irrational, loss of memory
- Happiness: happiness has disappeared
So it can be clearly seen that when Adhi is not handled well, it becomes Vyadhi (illness/disease). If you addressed your challenges at the level of Adhi then you have less problems to deal with. But the moment it becomes Vyadhi, you need to start managing it by learn coping techniques. Therefore, The Hindu Hub would suggest to use a two prong approach: Short term and Long term techniques.
Short Term Yoga Techniques:
- Yoga- Asanas
- Breathing techniques-Pranayama
- Meditation cum Prayershe
While the above helps to mitigate the temporary stress that one feels, it is non-curative.
Long Term Yoga Technique:
Change your worldview! This requires a radical shift in our mental conception of the world and my role in it. Sanatana Dharma helps you here to learn how to change your belief system. You learn through scriptures about Ishvara, the universe and about yourself. And practice results in the change of attitude that has a lasting effect in the way your mind mitigates stress.