How to Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

When standing in a yoga pose, we focus our minds in a way that might be a new experience. The wonderful thing about yoga is there is no judgment or competition in the practice. Your instructor should give you several options for each pose so you can begin in the easiest variation.


At the end of most yoga classes, there is a period of time where the focus turns to relaxation. Anxious thoughts tend to creep into this time and muddle our minds. By practicing mindful breathing, you can move into this part of yoga a little more gracefully. Set your intention that you will stay present—don't worry about what you need to pick up at the grocery store or how you forgot to stop at the gas station. Consider this a time for you to replenish and renew the mind and spirit.

Leaving your yoga class, you should feel peaceful and centered. Physically, you might notice that you are standing taller, breathing deeper, and feeling stronger. Taking what we learn in yoga in other parts of our life can help keep the stress and anxiety at bay.

If you walk, jog, or hike, all of the things we learn in yoga can help enhance our experience. Although breathing and stretching are obvious partners in fitness, the focus that what we learn in yoga will be beneficial in your walking program.

Before you begin your yoga practice, please consult with your physician.

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Angelina Valesco, owner of Blissful Energy Yoga Center in Tigard, Oregon, has been a certified yoga and pilates instructor for more that five years. As a yoga practitioner for more than 12 years, she credits it with transforming her life. For more information visit
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