Our bodies handle stress in many different ways. Sometimes it manifests as acne, sometimes as colitis, and other times as a carbohydrate craving. One of the wonderful aspects of yoga is its ability to teach us how to manage our stress levels. When confronted with a difficult situation we can either look at it is a threat, or a challenge. To be conscious of how we walk through our challenging situations can save our mind and body from creating not only mental stress, but also their physical manifestations.

My mother kicked me out of the house while in high school at the age of 17. My father left when I was 8, and I mostly felt anxious and unwanted for a large portion of my young adult years. Lucky for me my best friend at the age of 8 introduced me to yoga and chanting. It was really not until years later at the age of 21 that I truly embraced the science of yoga for stress management and was able to use it to begin to heal my own manifestations of stress that include diverticulosis (an inflammation of the diverticuli pockets of the colon creating pain and swelling).

I feel extremely fortunate to have learned yoga for stress relief, which is why I love teaching it to others to empower them as students. We are capable of a great deal of self-healing if we just begin to slow down and pay attention. You can find a few of my favorite yoga techniques to unwind and relieve stress using self care here.

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Tiffany Chambers-Goldberg

Tiffany brings 20 years of experience in various yoga practices. As a teacher, she is influenced by anatomy, dance, movement, psychology, aeriel arts, meditation, hands-on energetic healing and gymnastics. Tiffany brings a caring presence to the classroom, which provides for a supportive and safe environment allowing space for the individual's healing process. Among others, she has studied with Jill Miller, Bryan Kest, Ira Rosen, Heather Tiddens and Ana Forrest. Tiffany's classes are dynamic, challenging, and connect her students to their inner wisdom and ability to heal one's self. For more about me or to view my Yoga Tune Up® class schedule go here.

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Angela

I don’t know many children that learn to chant. My son loves it and I am glad to see that the seed the was sewn at the age of 8 grew and helped you to embrace the practice later. 🙂

Lorraine

It is wonderful that you were introduce to yoga so early in life. I did not appreciate it until much later in life when I was going through a difficult time. I do hear from many people that they begin to practice yoga after emotional loss, recovering from injury or addiction or dealing with challenges and difficulties. I can better relax myself now with meditation, breathing, rolling on the balls and just repeating my sankulpa. I just have to work on it all because it is most difficult at the most challenging times

Jen F.

I am still a work in progress but have found yoga tuneup breathing technique with the power of self massage are a great combo in dealing with stress. Thanks for sharing!

Sharrari Fit

Stress is actually held in different parts of the body depending on the individual and their personal traumas or stresses. For example, hips being stiff and stuck is supposedly related to sexual abuse or sexual trauma. The only way to make sure that stress does not build and get stuck is your body is to move! Work it out, and get the movement to break up parts where poor circulation is creating stagnation. One of my favorite aspects of the Jill Miller program is the encouraging enthusiasm to just move, even if its not the classical yoga posture you are… Read more »

Laurie Streff Kostman

Thank you for this post, Tiffany. It actually struck a very deep cord in me. 23 years ago, when I started going to my first yoga classes, I found myself very uncomfortable with the quiet, the stillness, the peacefulness. It wasn’t until many years later that I could finally, fully embrace the calm and I realized that was because it was foreign to me. Of course I was drawn to yoga because I needed the stress release, but I fought it, until I just finally waved the white flag. There are so many pieces of my practice that I can… Read more »

Tiffany Chambers-Goldberg

HI Heather! Thank You so much for your sweet words! Hope you are loving your training!