Lynne Staropoli Boucher felt like her mind was on overdrive.
Pressures at work and at home were bearing down. She described herself as “rushing, always frantic,” which led to a lot of stress and anxiety, “some in my mind, some visceral. I was always overwhelmed, late and trying to get too many things done.”
Boucher acknowledges that constant stress led to sleeplessness and getting sick more than she should have. But she also says that developing her yoga practice changed all that — and is helping others change.
Research confirms that stress is a particularly significant threat to health. The American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America Survey: 2015 reports that “among all adults, those who report experiencing extreme levels of stress (a rating of 8, 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale) are twice as likely to report fair or poor health, compared to those with low stress levels.”