Subjective Stress: Therapeutical Approach Of Yoga
Stress related symptoms are manifested as somatic and psychological symptoms and commonly seen in medical settings which do not warrant any active intervention in terms of medication. Yoga therapy has never been very easy to define largely owing to the depth and breadth of the subject. Yoga therapy could be called a system of health care that helps to treat human indispositions as naturally as possible, to alleviate pain and suffering through set of practices, both physical and mental. Ideally yoga therapy is preventive in nature as is yoga itself while being curative in many instances, soothing in others and restorative in most. In the present study twenty female subjects who volunteered and who had reported subjective stress that manifested as anxiety, depression, headaches, sleeplessness, stomach upsets and other vague symptoms formed the sample of the study. They were trained in yoga for one month. Findings revealed that the physiological measures in addition to subjective feelings of stress were found to be significantly decreased; also improvements in appetite and sleep, showing that routine practice might have long term implications in this fast stress ridden life. The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the effects of stress on the body and mind.
Key Words- Yoga Therapy, Stress, Blood Pressure, Pulse Rate