Is All Yoga Good for Anxiety? Which Style is Best?

by Melissa West on November 14, 2018

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Is all yoga good for anxiety?


This is a good question, and most likely it comes from her own experience that some types of yoga causes her to become more restless and some styles of yoga are more calming.

I find turning to Ayurvedic Medicine can be a powerful way to find the answers to the question. According to Ayurvedic Medicine, anxiety is a sign of vata being in excess. People with a predominantly vata dosha tend to be incredibly creative, always on the go, their energy comes in bursts and they are prone to fatigue. Vatas have thin frames, dry skin and hair and cold hands and feet.

Ayurvedic Medicine works on the philosophy that like increases like. So when vata goes into excess and you start to experience anxiety, it is a symptom of too much air, too much thinking, too much movement, too much in your head.

This is no big deal, it is not a problem. It is simply a matter of bringing this imbalance back into balance. So you can imagine if experience has moved up into your head with worry, stress, your mind has sped up – you need practices that are calming, grounding, nourishing, slow to find balance. Vata is the most exquisitely sensitive dosha, so you need to take great care and gentleness.

In my opinion, yoga styles like power yoga, vinyasa flow, ashtanga yoga, kundalini yoga, bikram yoga and hot yoga can leave delicate people that are predominantly vata feeling further exhausted, ungrounded, and stressed out.

For anxiety, I would recommend practices such as yin yoga and restorative yoga. Both these styles have long holds and are incredibly grounding because they are practiced on the floor, and in the case of restorative yoga with many props. I would also recommend practices like yoga nidra which can help to release the anxiety and worry. The focused attention of bringing your awareness back into your body can help to change your neural pathways and release anxiety at its root.

So today I have a gift for you, 7 days of the best and most appropriate yoga to relieve anxiety:

If you made it all the way to the end give yourself a thumbs up and put, I am balancing vata dosha in the comments.

Thanks for watching, Namaste, Melissa

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