Anxiety is the most common mental health concern in the west, due to our stressful way of life. It is a mental condition that causes constant worry and fear. Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, and it is normal. But when it comes to chronic, an anxiety disorder can seriously affect mental health and may have dramatic consequences. People are likely to follow conventional treatments including anti-anxiety medication and, perhaps, psychotherapy. But, a more holistic health approach is also possible with the practice of Yoga.
But how yoga can help with anxiety?
Yoga works like other self-soothing techniques. You can choose the yoga style that suits you best. A yoga class can be gentle or more challenging, depending on the choice of style and personal preference. Hatha Yoga, the most common type of yoga practiced in the west, combines three different exercises:
- Yoga “Asanas” : physical exercises that gives flexibility and strength to the body.
- Breathing Exercises while doing Asanas.
- A short period of deep relaxation or meditation
The combination of these 3 types of exercises is powerful and is effective in calming our nervous systems.
Yoga benefits are numerous and the followings are specific for anxiety relief:
- Yoga lowers tension and stress levels in our body thanks to the practice of Asanas.
- Yoga helps us regulate our breath.
- Yoga improves body awareness.
- Yoga gives us the opportunity to step out of our worry circle and practice letting go.
- Yoga helps us demonstrate compassion and self-acceptance.
You can try the Poses like “Child’s Pose”, “Legs Up the Wall Pose”, and “Savasana” in particular.
Yoga lifestyle can also help us with anxiety. Indeed, yoga says to avoid obviously things like alcohol, caffeine. Also, the philosophy teaches us to be more loving and understanding with ourselves. This is a practice that gives us the opportunity to respect and nurture our bodies with healthy food that balances us. Eating in a mindful way is great tool to fight anxiety.
As a conclusion, if you are facing a period of tension and anxiety, you can give yoga a try. Yoga practice is relatively of low risk, and may be appealing way to better manage your emotions. It is worth noting also that Yoga may not be considered as the only treatment for people with severe or complicated depression. In this case, it is important to count with the opinion of a medical professional.
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