Managing Anxiety the Yoga Way

Anxiety: The inability to stay present with what is coming up.  This inability to stay present with what is coming up is the the lack of trust in our inner wisdom. Individuals rely on so many externals to define what is right and wrong, that they lose sight of their truths. Managing anxiety, the yoga way, involves letting go of the control involved in needing to know everything–defined by externals–vs. going inside.

How does one experience this? Let’s go back to the Reconnect with Food – Pillars of Behavior Analysis:

Physical: Checking in physically involves noticing where you hold your tension when anxiety is on the rise. Perhaps it is your neck and shoulders, hips and thighs or maybe your gut–or a tension headache arises.

Emotional: What emotion comes up for you when you find yourself in an anxiety-producting situation. Is it fear? Most often this is the emotion that comes up as the unknown produces doubt.

Spiritual: What spiritual component can you identify when you are feeling anxious? Is it loss of control and the need to let go of this need to control the outcome of every situation?

Yoga can help you tune in on a deeper level and actually experience vs. simply “talk” about what might be experienced.  In the Reconnect with Food programs at the Inner Door Center, we have clients “experience” what it is like to feel vs. simply “talk” about what it is like to “feel.”

Yoga and concurrent meditation can help you create the silence and space to tune into what is right for you. The breathing involved in yoga can help diffuse pent-up anxiety and calm the nervous system. Can yoga cure your anxiety? Not exactly. However, studies featured on our website illustrate how yoga works on changing the brain chemistry so that anxiety and other concerns may be managed thus increasing quality of life.

Our facility can provide you with one of a kind yoga therapy to help you heal in all aspects of your life.  Visit our website to learn more about this unique program.


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