This is fantastic news if we have a real emergency to escape from, but a constant drip-feed of stress hormones have an adverse reaction to our health and well-being. The wide range of reactions in the body are too long to list here, so I have found an interesting article for you about what happens on the inside when we experience stress [from Yoga Journal.](http://www.yogajournal.com/article/health/this-is-your-body-on-stress/) The problem with our modern lifestyle is that so many things cause us continuous low levels of stress. Driving, technology - oh yes! - work, family, earning enough money, generally just keeping all the plates spinning is enough to keep us feeling always on a mild state of high alert, or 'stressed out!'
There are three things we can do to lessen the effects of stress in our lives, we can
1. change our situation (move job, house or leave an unhealthy relationship etc)
2. change our attitude (decide that working long hours does not make us happy!!)
3. take better care of ourselves and learn how to switch off the stress response....
NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS!!!
One of the best stress busters around is **yoga!!** It directly counteracts both the physiological and psychological components of stress, simultaneously helping you take better care of yourself AND change your attitude! The stretching we do in yoga relieves muscle tension. Upside-down poses and reclining poses slow the heart, relax the blood vessels, inhibit production of adrenaline, and calm the brain. Pranayama (yoga’s classic breathwork) slows respiration, and deep relaxation triggers the healing response in our cells.
As you practice being more aware and mindful, you gain a sense of self-control, equanimity, and peace. Perhaps most important of all, meditation and the teachings of yoga philosophy can help you realize that most of the things that upset you just aren’t worth getting stressed about!
SO...what are you waiting for?! Making just 10 minutes of yoga or deep relaxation a part of your daily routine is an amazing antidote for stress.
The best way to do this is to come to a weekly class, of course!! [My weekly class timetable is right here!](http://www.katehamiltonhunter.co.uk/class-timetable.html) I strongly advise you to sign up to [Dru Yoga's Online Studio](https://druyoga.com/yoga/dru-yoga-online), use CDs, DVDs, YouTube etc to find ways to include yoga into your life