Crushing work deadlines, family obligations and never-ending errands can cause even the most stable person to get a little on edge. But what happens when that stress turns into something more intense? What if you’re one of the many people every day that suffers from anxiety? I’ve been there. I know what it feels like to have a panic attack so severe you fear you might pass out. My anxiety exposed my weaknesses. It made me feel vulnerable. And worst of all, it made me feel like I had no control over my life.
When my anxiety started to feel like it was taking over, I hit the ground running. Or actually, I hit the mat yoga-ing! What started out as merely a physical practice, became a life-altering experience for me when I started to combine my asana practice with a strong mental practice. Bringing my mind onto the mat made my anxiety disintegrate. When I focused just as much on my mental practice as my physical one there was no longer room for anxiety’s choke hold on me.
If you’re down for some of this mental mojo, here are three yogic philosophies to focus on the next time you find yourself more stressed out than blissed out:
via Bonnie Schmidt – a yoga instructor in the DC area and founder of Anxiety to Zen, a holistic and mindfulness based approach to alleviating stress and anxiety. She offers classes and workshops that focus on utilizing yogic practices and philosophies to help people alleviate their stress and anxiety. Having overcome a debilitating anxiety disorder herself many years ago using these exact practices, she knows how important it is to have a healthy outlet and a way to keep the peace! For more info on Bonnie, her work or her classes and workshops, please visit Anxiety to Zen or connect with her on Facebook