At one point or another, we have all experienced that anxious feeling: the pounding heart, the tightening of the chest, the feeling of uncontrollable panic. We all experience anxiety from time to time, but those who practise yoga regularly have an amazing resource at their disposal. There are many documented benefits of yoga for anxiety. Let’s explore some of the best ways to use your yoga practice to restore peace and inner harmony.
A CALMING SPACE MATTERS
Creating a calming space to practise yoga can be helpful in reducing anxiety. We have created a peaceful and tranquil space at The Power Yoga Co to ensure you feel comfortable and secure. If you are practising at home you might want to use some essential oils and candles to create an atmosphere that encourages relaxation.
FOCUS ON YOUR BREATHING
Breathing can be a powerful tool for reducing anxiety. For some, simply focusing on the breath, or deliberately taking deep, slow, and controlled breaths can dramatically reduce the impact of stress and anxiety.
As you practise yoga, it is important to focus on your breathing. Breathing helps to unite the body and mind. Conscious breathing can also encourage feelings of calm and resilience.
Sometimes, however hard we try, it’s impossible to escape stress. Ideally, we need to increase the number of tools we have at our disposal to help manage and reduce its impact on our lives and well-being. For those times, yoga can be a great tool to have in your toolbox.
YOGA CAN SOOTHE YOUR FRAZZLED NERVOUS SYSTEM
The right amount of nervous tension can sharpen the mind and help us to focus and problem-solve, but too much anxiety can have a very detrimental impact on the body, brain and nervous system in the long term. Yoga helps to soothe and rebalance the nervous system, when anxiety seems overwhelming.
Yoga is an enjoyable way to decrease the level of stress hormones in the body. When we are anxious, our bodies produce a hormone called cortisol, which, when produced in large amounts, can create even more stress. A regular and committed yoga practice helps to gradually lower the levels of cortisol in the body.
Put yoga at the top of your list when exploring alternative ways to support your mind/body/spirit wellness.
Practice Yoga for Anxiety with The Power Yoga Company
Yoga can help you to learn how to cope with anxiety in a healthy way. There are many resources you can use to help restore calm and balance when you’re feeling anxious, but working with a team of committed and skilled yoga teachers will give you tools you can master, keep, and use whenever the need arises.
If you’re ready to take your yoga journey further, get in touch with the Power Yoga Company team. We run over 50 classes a week, mostly all-levels Power Yoga alongside some yin and slow flow sessions.
Find out how our classes and courses can help you to restore your sense of peace and balance.
Book a yoga class today and start your journey back to inner harmony!