What is Anxiety?

by Melissa West on September 28, 2015

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What is Anxiety?


What-is-anxiety-and-breathing-exercise-to-helpHow do your mind and body experience anxiety? According to Bo Forbes, author of Yoga for Emotional Balance you experience racing thoughts, an elevated heart rate and fast physical movements. Not only is this the way you experience anxiety, but also once it gets started in your body and mind – your body and mind also build on these symptoms. Bo Forbes explains that your mind provides the sped up and worried thoughts. Your nervous system then elevates your heart rate and blood pressure. Your body reacts with physical movements such as fidgeting that adds to your overall experience of anxiety. When you are feeling anxious, you may find it difficult to slow down, you might feel, “amped-up,” or “hyper.” You may feel like you are in a constant state of physical agitation.

Today we are going to practice a simple breath practice to ease the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety that you can do anywhere and anytime.

(Breathe 1:2 – exhale two times as long as you inhale)

I would also like to recommend Yoga for Anxiety in our membership community. This class can help you to release anxiety by regulating your breath and relaxing your body. The grounding poses will allow you to conserve your energy and redirect your focus inward. Gentle breathing will allow you to calm your mind.

We also have several restorative yoga classes in our membership community. Restorative yoga uses props to minimize muscle tension and maximize muscle tension and relaxation. It reduces sensory stimulation and keeps your nervous system calm all things that reduce anxiety.

Waning to the Dark Moon
72 minutes of glorious restoration with every prop you own. Ahhhhhhh.

Yoga for Adrenal Fatigue
A short restorative class (20 minutes) that uses a bolster and a chair.

Short Restorative Class
This short restorative class (18 minutes) has been nick named the Winter Hibernation class.

Who is Arjuna?
In this class you will get to meet one of the main characters of the Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna is a warrior prince in the Bhagavad Gita and you will learn who is character represents. This 28 minute class is a restorative class and you will need an eye pillow, bolster, and a blanket.

 

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