Handling Holiday Stress the Healthy Way
Now that the holiday season is in full swing, you may feel the inevitable stress that creeps up during this joyous, yet busy season. The good news is that there are steps you can take to minimize stress when it comes knocking. One of the best ways to take control of your life and schedule is to participate in a stress-relieving class at Pakua.
Sometimes described as “meditation in motion,” according to Harvard Medical School, tai-chi could also be called “medication in motion.” This powerful martial art has integrated the mind and body in healthful ways for thousands of years, and a growing body of research shows that tai-chi can treat or even prevent health problems.
Safe and non-competitive, the tai-chi taught at Pakua features slow, introspective, self-controlled movements. The foundation for many of the Pakua exercises, including tai-chi, is the manipulation of energy through thought, which are skills much needed during the holiday rush. As you condition the body, you develop a sense of inner calm and tranquility.
The Sintonia (Chinese) Yoga practiced at Pakua balances your mind and body, putting you in a soothed and relaxed state that can banish holiday stress. Even just one yoga class can help you face holiday stress and expectations with a positive attitude.
According to Harvard Medical School, yoga can significantly lower stress and anxiety, because it helps balance our stress response systems. In addition to enabling us to get through stressful times more effectively, yoga can lower our blood pressure and heart rate. There are even studies that show yoga helps our hearts respond more effectively to stress.
Meditation is a key component of both yoga and tai-chi. Research shows that daily meditation can alter the brain’s neural pathways, which makes us resilient to stress and able to cope when it hits. For instance, if you find yourself stressed about getting holiday dinner on the table, you can take 30 seconds to do some meditation, and you’re likely to tackle the challenge with a calmer attitude. Likewise, deep breathing counteracts the effects of stress, and that is another key component of tai-chi and yoga.
So what are you waiting for? Stop by for a class at Pakua and watch your stress-o-meter lower and your holiday happiness quotient rise.
To experience the stress-relieving effects of tai-chi and yoga this holiday season, contact Pakua about attending a complimentary class. Visit http://www.pakuaorange.com, or call 714-288-2853.