According to Harvard Medical School’s August 9, 2011 Healthbeat issue, stress plays a significant role in cardiovascular symptoms and their outcomes. Common causes of stress can be work, finances, family situations, illness, caregiver stress, and natural disaster related stress.
The newsletter states: Learn relaxation techniques. Meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, deep breathing exercises, and yoga are mainstays of stress relief.
There is a treasure trove of excellent online resources with 20 free audio tracks on www.mahasriyoga.com under Pranayama, Meditation, and Kid’s Corner. The easy to download audio tracks include breathing practices, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery to help alleviate anxiety and stress. Yoga Nidras cover all three–breathing, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery.