Yoga for Stress Relief by Swami Shivapremananda
Studies the psychological causes and symptoms of stress and describes its effect on the functions of the nervous system, hormonal secretions and organs. The book presents a three-month programme with an illustrated basic sequence of nine stretches. It illustrates how to practise specific positions which ease and prevent stress-related conditions such as asthma, migraine and anxiety. The author says the hardest part of managing stress is learning a new psychological and philosophical approach to life. He offers advice on how to learn to be adaptable and overcome negative thinking. Deep breathing also helps to release tension and calm the mind, and the book includes relaxation techniques, meditations and creative visualizations to calm the mind.