Anxiety is a common state for all human beings. Unfortunately, most of us experience anxiety too often or too intensely and it becomes painful and debilitating. This leads to breathlessness, inability to sleep, trouble concentrating and it limits our relationships with others. In extreme forms we experience panic attacks and feel overwhelmed and out of control.
Yoga offers an excellent system of practices which can help us cope with anxiety, because it trains the body to relax and teaches the body and the mind to better manage stress. Once the stress response is activated by the body it must run its course and even if we are conscious of what is happening and mentally sound, the experience of increased heart-rate and edginess will not be averted by even the most rational mind. This is because our system is intrinsically structured to release hormones into our system to make fight or flight possible for survival and, once in motion, this mechanism will have physiological consequences. However, through specific breathing practices combined with movement we can learn to relax the trigger response and bring the nervous system back into balance, so that the stress response does not have an opportunity to take over and completely flood the system. Furthermore these practices help to speed up the process of restoring calm to an activated nervous system.
By using a combination of breathwork, yoga postures and mindfulness, learn how to effectively calm the mind through the body.