Did you know that 1 out of 4 American’s will deal with anxiety, or have an anxiety disorder in their lives? That is a pretty large number of people. It begs the question, what can we do to prevent, or help ease this issue? Yoga can be a fantastic way to combat stress, anxiety, and depression. Let’s take a look at four particular techniques or aspects of Yoga that can help!
1) Inner Connection
Anxiety has a way of bringing us out of the harmony of self connection. Anxiety either draws us out of ourselves, giving way to thoughts of things outside our control or “worst case scenarios”, or it draws us extremely internal by making us shut down, become overly aware of things and all together freak out. Yoga can help us find the balance of being in this moment, connected to ourselves in a way that is helpful vs hurtful.
2) Breathing Deeper
Yoga breathing techniques, also called Pranayama techniques, can help us in a multitude of ways. To bring us back to our first tip, it brings in a sense of connection. Connecting mind, body, and breath is a key way we can ease symptoms of anxiety. Furthermore, many studies have linked relaxation and calming to breathing. When we allow ourselves the time to take a deep breath, we know we are going to be better for it.
3) Stretching Out
As we know, Yoga can be a physical practice, as well as an internal practice. Through a physical practice, or asana practice, we allow tension in our muscles to relax. When our muscles are relaxed, our breath is deeper, and it is easier to be in this moment. Do you see how we are building here? Prolonged stress and anxiety can cause some serious body issues! Plus, everyone loves a good shot of endorphins, right?
4) Fostering Community, and Good Energy
Anxiety can be isolating, and heavy. We might not want to go out and do things, especially if it involves moving around. When we take the step to come to our practice, at home or a studio, we are raising our energy flow, and connecting to a deeper community balance. Fostering relationships with others, and raising the vibration internally is sure to kick anxiety butt.
All in all, I highly recommend Yoga to anyone dealing with anxiety, or even just day to day stress. It is a tool that could help you find peace and harmony. If you haven’t tried yoga before, there is no better time then the present.