Yoga & Wellness Advocate
A regular visitor to Tokyo, New York City- based yoga instructor and interculturalist Judit Torok shares her techniques for alleviating big city stress.
Fight Off Stress with Your Breath
Imagine you have an acquaintance, a person you've known for a long time - perhaps as long as you can remember. He comes to your house any time, uninvited, and stays for as long as he wants. Rude and inconsiderate, he imposes his presence on your life, makes a mess and doesn’t leave. You try to be nice at first and reason with him, but he only gets more annoying with time. You try to ignore him or even pick a fight, but he comes right back again and again. This unwelcome and annoying acquaintance is called stress.
A universal hardship of modern life, stress affects people regardless of age, education, economic status or ethnicity. Many popular medical journals cite that over 60% of adults in the U.S. and Japan and well over 50% of Europeans suffer from physical and mental stress. Stress doesn’t discriminate; it affects schoolchildren, teenagers, business people, and artists as well as the elderly. Wherever we turn, stress seems to have taken hold of our lives.
Stress is my unwelcome associate as well. We have known each other for a long time and have negotiated a complicated relationship over the years. It was after many years of dedicated yoga practice that I realized that creating space can be effective at combating this destructive impostor. tj
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