Yoga therapy | Anxiety

How Yoga therapy can help with anxiety

Yoga therapy can ease the effects of anxiety but can also help us to understand and manage our anxieties through the practise of:

The symptoms of anxiety

Anxiety is a natural human emotion, but if it starts to dominate a person's experience it can lead to debilitating symptoms such as insomnia, repetitive thought patterns, restricted breathing, migraine, panic attacks and even, palpitations.

The importance of the breath

As our breathing is the first thing to be affected by anxiety, the key in yogic terms is managing the breath. Usually anxious people need to be taught to use their diaphragm correctly as this calms and slows the breath, which then, in turn calms the mind. By calming the mind we further calm the breath and so on.

Linking movement to the breath

To enhance this process yoga provides simple breath linked movements so the mind, body and breath are experienced as one. As a result of this we feel more embodied and grounded and less likely to experience anxiety.

YogaThe importance of relaxation

Learning how to relax is crucial for people experiencing anxiety as it helps release tight, tense, muscles, which can impede efficient breathing. Deep relaxation is soothing not only for the body and the mind but also for the sympathetic nervous system, which can become over-activated.

Meditation

In time meditation may be added to the practice, which adds insight into our thought processes, ultimately helping us to be less reactive and anxious in certain situations. This awareness tends to emerge quite naturally out of the regular practise of breath awareness, breath linked movement and relaxation.

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