Yoga for Anxiety

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, and worry. It is an insidious emotional problem. Nearly every person has the feeling of anxiety at some point in their life. However, when it becomes out of control, it can cause distressing symptoms, including insomnia, migraines, intestinal problems, dizziness, heart palpitations and even panic attacks.

The physical practice of yoga directly affects the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response). A good yoga practice burns off the nervous energy that can contribute to anxiety and helps bring about a feeling of relaxation.

Controlling the breath is the entry point to calming down an overactive stress response system. Deep, smooth, quiet and even breathing promotes calmness of the mind. Other breathing practices, such as abdominal breathing and lengthening the exhalation relative to the inhalation, help reduce anxiety symptoms.

Yoga helps in slowing down the rush of thoughts. Through yoga, your mind becomes relaxed and more aware of the present moment. You are more aware of what is within your control. External factors which are not within your control, you try not to let them negatively affect you. Yoga teaches you to let go of all the worries about the future.

By applying the above yogic techniques, you will be on your way to a better quality of life, health and well-being. You will feel better even by just improving your sleeping pattern.