Everyone suffers from mild anxiety from time to time, but chronic anxiety takes a tremendous toll on the body, draining energy resources and keeping the body in a constant state of stress. The effects of anxiety are magnified when the body is not exercised:

  • tension in the muscles builds
  • breathing remains constricted most of the time
  •  the mind has no rest from the whirling thoughts and feelings that feed the anxiety.

Yoga helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the sometimes-overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life.  Reducing stress in the body and mind, yoga helps to regulate the breath and relax the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen, and other nutrients, and increasing feelings of well-being. 

Relaxation and meditation is essential - even a few minutes of meditation during your day can make a difference. Daily training in focusing the mind on stillness will teach you how to consciously quiet your mind whenever you feel overwhelmed. 

Numerous studies have shown the benefits of yoga for patients with anxiety (includingPTSD), stress, depression, chronic illness and dementia. 

Ways Yoga Can Help Relieve Anxiety and Stress

  • Yoga brings focus to your breath. A core part of any yoga practice is pranayama, or the practice of controlling the breath.   Breath work is an incredible way to reduce anxiety quickly. Tying your breath to movement during your yoga practicehones this skill, and deep, soothing breaths begin to come easier even during your day-to-day activities.

  • Yoga draws awareness into the body and out of the mind. When practicing yoga, you are encouraged to notice the thoughts that so often cycle endlessly through our minds, and to instead focus solely on your breath and your body. You are there to feel each sensation completely, to be in-tune with everything your body is experiencing. 

  • Yoga counters the stress response. Understanding how to combat the stress response is a huge part of overcoming anxiety.  Through deep breathing and relaxation exercises you can work towards this state of well-being.

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