Fight stress with yoga-a-h-h-h

JGH News, Fall 2012

Feeling stressed? Maybe a little anxious? Would you enjoy an emotional oasis to relax in? No surprise there; many of us feel this way at some point. The challenge is finding a practical and effective way to relieve and cope with stress. That’s why so many people have turned to yoga—and the numbers keep growing each year. If you have yet to try it, just grab your best Lululemon outfit (or whatever makes you comfortable) and see how much yoga can add to your life.

According to Jack Hazan, a volunteer yoga instructor at the JGH Hope & Cope Wellness Centre, “Yoga provides stress reduction and relaxation benefits to those who practice. It’s also an opportunity to step back and look inside yourself.”

By practicing yoga, students are taught how to manage breathing and the mind, which leads to a more relaxed state. Best of all, this technique can be taken out of the yoga studio and applied to day-to-day situations. 

To a skeptic this may all sound a little too good to be true. But the fact is, yoga has been accepted for centuries in Asia, even if it’s been embraced only in recent decades in the West. A quick Google search also reveals numerous yoga studios in Montreal. Clearly, yoga is striking the right chord for a great many people.

So join the trend and see how a little bit of “downward dog” or “child’s pose” can make you say, “Yoga-a-h-h-h.”

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