Young adults in college who are stressed out and overwhelmed after endless nights of studying and coffee diets need a healthy way to relieve stress. Coping mechanisms are often caffeine or other stimulants that are used in order to perk up and get through long hours of studying which leaves students worn-out and feeling over-worked the next day. Starting yoga can help students take a break from the physical stress as well as mental stress. Relieving these stress points can help students feel more positive and energized in their day to day lives and therefore communicate better with those around them.
Relieve the physical stresses and tensions: feel less agitated and sluggish.
Relieve the mental stresses: allows for self reflection and dismissal of any stirring thoughts about school work and responsibilities. It also allows the student to understand themselves and how they think.
It’s not easy taking on so many new responsibilities while entering college and learning how to manage school and personal lives without stress taking over at one point or another. Stress among young individuals can cause not only a lack of communication, but it also can lower the quality of communication in which we share and allow them to feel isolated.
College does not teach you how to manage it all, but perhaps yoga can. Hence, the practice of yoga has been seen to benefit college students through increased mindfulness which results in more rest and better communication quality.
-Yoga classes are offered at most campuses as a course for credit
Healthier Communication Can Come with Regular Practice of Yoga
Studies have found that yoga is improving the way young people find inner balance and how it improves personalities and communication skills after relieving their stresses. Furthermore, the practice of yoga and meditation has played a larger role in the evolution of nervous college students into bubbly and more relaxed individuals with a calm strength.
Yoga is seen to reduce physical and mental stresses, as well as emotional outbursts and prolonged sulking. Chong et al. (2011) found that yoga also balances the body’s natural tendency of nervous energy, transforming it to improve potential towards work and social activity.
Practicing yoga each day washes out physical and mental stresses that result in improved situations that would usually cause irritability or anger, creating effective communication. Starting your morning with yoga can create a the sense of control that can balance our your whole day.
Yoga for college students is also an inexpensive way to work out and not only is beneficial to your mind but also to your physical body as well. It is a great workout that starts by building flexibility, strengthening the core, building muscle and in the arms and legs. These physical benefits could also transfer to mental benefits and wellness by allowing those who practice yoga to learn to be flexible in their own lives, strengthen their mind, and build an understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Effects of Improved Communication on Academic Performance through Yoga
Academic achievement is attained through the quality of task performance and proper communication. According to Kauts and Sharma (2009), studies show that low or moderate levels of stress can negatively influence these abilities. The science behind yoga is described as a powerful knowledge that enables one’s self to achieve and control physical health, serene mind, and create the ability for harmonious social living that can improve life all together in any type of situation.
Different forms of yoga, through various techniques result in different traits of mindfulness and management of stress. The practice of pranayama (breathing practice intended to influence vital forces) and meditation bring along the improvement of school studies following 10 days of practice. This improvement is believed to be because of increased hand-eye-coordination, attention, relaxation, and concentration.
In 2007-2008, the Journal of American College Health published a study of 116 college students participating in a study that consisted of enrollment into weekly classes of movement based courses to later measure increased mindfulness and the effects of self-regulatory self efficacy, mood, perceived stress, and sleep quality; all things that influence the quality of communication we share with one another. In another study it was found that a 4-week program of yoga and meditation lowered aggressive behavior in students and reduced problems related to maladaptive behaviors (Kauts & Sharma, 2009).
How Yoga Can Help Your “Flow”
-slow down racing thoughts and the world around you
-step back from responsibilities and take a break
-healthy body and healthy mind
Open Your Eyes to Yoga and say “OM”
Considering that I’m a college student myself, I’ve had my fair share of busy days and stressful nights. Furthermore, those nights haven’t left me much time to relax or rejuvenate in the healthiest of ways… until I began the practice of yoga and incorporated meditation practices as well. Taking into consideration tight class schedules, know that yoga does not have to be performed in a tiny air tight studio with other yogis by your side, but simply entering into a quiet space within your bedroom, dorm, or even apartment living room is an easy set up for at home yoga or meditation.
Joining a yoga studio and belonging to the yoga community however is a great way to really understand and experience the true benefits of the practice. Believe it or not, yoga really does help communication skills in getting along better with others while boosting your confidence and lessening your stress. As a result, you can enjoy life better and have clarity in mind which brings a sense of peace. Yoga will enhance your ability to deal with people and control emotions while allowing your respect to grow for the feelings of others. Getting connected is easier now then ever with all the resources at your fingertips. Become your own yogi and get a hold of your self in deeper ways then you have ever imagined.
-countless yoga applications for any smart phone
-YogaDownload- personalized yoga practices- monthly subscription (way less than going to a yoga studio!)
-free On Demand and YouTube videos
-local yoga studios
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