Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month. Since 1992 the importance of this month is learning how to cope with stress.

Stress is our body’s response to pressure, and it is often triggered when we experience something new, unexpected, or threats to our sense of self or feeling we have little control over a situation.

The effects of Covid-19, such as social distancing, self-isolation can increase stress and anxiety; however, there are practices to cope with stress, such as yoga and meditation.

Research shows that yoga modulates the stress response.

“Yoga and breathing classes have a significant impact on reducing stress,” says Alison Cruise, a yoga instructor who runs Sadhana Yoga Studio in Burlington.

She adds, “I know this by personally speaking to my members; They feel that they have found solace in yoga, especially during this stressful time.”

Yoga and breathing exercise are essential for reducing stress.

“People are busy with work and family, or they are distracted by their phones, Netflix, and other electronic devices, so they don’t take time for themselves, and that may cause stress. Yoga allows you to release that tension, to be still, and let go of that stress,” says Cruise.

Sadhana Yoga Studio in Burlington offers hot yoga classes daily, but the studio is currently closed due to lockdown. They also offer virtual classes, and the first week is free for all new members.

It’s affordable for students as Sadhana Yoga Studios offers student pricing (20% off regular prices) on all of their passes.