Stress is a part and parcel in our everyday life. As stress has a negative effect on an individual’s health and performance and over all life, so, it is necessary to find an appropriate means for stress management. The present study intended to define the role of yoga for managing different stressors in present day life. There are four basic sources of stress- Environmental stressors, Social stressors, Physiological stressors, and Psychological stressors. Four categories of symptom of stress are also found-Cognitive symptoms, Emotional symptoms, Physical symptoms and Behavioral symptoms.
Yoga is an ancient discipline to promote health and well-being. The asanas provide relief from muscle ache of shoulder, chest and neck, improve digestive ability, stimulate circulation and tone up spinal nerves. Pranayam focuses on controlled breathing and provides vital energy. Meditation brings deep relaxation and inner calmness. Asana, Pranayama and Meditaion are highly effective in removing stress effects and bring back overall harmony. During stress, cerebral cortex sends an alarm to the hypothalamus and it stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. Stress response starts and causes physiological imbalance. Yoga brings calmness and relaxation in the brain. It finds the solutions of the problems by itself. Once the brain is reassured that the danger is over, stress response is replaced by relaxation response.