Iyengar Yoga for Anxiety
Relax your Mind, Reduce Anxiety with Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga and Meditation
Anxiety is a body's response to stress which is characterised by feelings of worry and fear. In anxiety, one feels extreme discomfort and overstressed due to a certain situation. Major symptoms of anxiety includes reslessness, increase in heartbeat, pain attacks, nervousness, fear of anything, breathing problems, etc. Modern medical science has antidepressants as the only situation which itself has side effects and can make a person habitual to the pills.
Before being habitual to medicines, know natural way of relieving anxiety with therapeutic yoga treatment. We at our Therapeutic Yoga Center treats anxiety with regular therapeutic yoga practice with supports which makes practice easier and more beneficial.
To get rid of Anxiety completely, see supportive asanas for anxiety below and give it a try.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a body's response to stress, it can be identified by fear and nervousness about the future. In anxiety, a person is nervous, afraid and feels miserable of anticipated events. When a person is feeling anxiety there’s a feeling of discomfort and stress due to the overreaction to certain situations. Anxiety creates health problems like fatigue and lack of concentration.
Everyone feels anxious at some point in their life and it is good for survival ( it lasts for a shorter period) but if this feeling stays for a longer period or if a person is anxious about little things like talking to strangers, crossing roads, leaving home for work, it can cause serious mental conditions like OCD, panic disorders, etc.
Causes of Anxiety
The exact cause of anxiety is not known yet but medical professionals across the globe agree that it results from a combination of different factors such as environmental and genetic factors. Some common causes which can result in anxiety are:
- Relationship problems, family problems, work-related( office) problems.
- Genetics- genetics also plays a major role in developing anxiety as a person having a family history of anxiety is more likely to develop the disorder.
- Imbalance of hormones and the functioning of the brain.
- Certain medications can cause anxiety, chronic illness, the result of a different disease.
- Withdrawal from certain addictive substances like drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.
Symptoms of Anxiety
There are many signs and symptoms of anxiety which can be seen easily in a person suffering from an anxiety disorder. Some common signs and symptoms of anxiety disorder are :
- Increase in heartbeat
- Butterflies in the stomach
- Nightmares, pain attacks, feeling of nervousness and fear.
- Fear of a place, event or a particular activity.
- Restlessness, sleep problems, breathing problems.
If all these symptoms remain for a longer period of time then it is a sign of anxiety disorder and it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
Therapeutic Iyengar Yoga for Anxiety
Some common anxiety yoga exercises or asanas which can be performed by the patients are:
1. Supta Baddha Konasana
This yoga for anxiety makes the breathing process smoother and deep which helps the body to gather energy. The energy is then distributed properly in the whole body and controls anxiety.
2. Supta Sukhasana
By practicing this asana, the diaphragm of the patient with anxiety gets softer which makes the breathing deep and smooth to reduce irritability from you.
3. Utthita Trikonasana
This asana increases blood circulation in the legs, in turn, reduces the fatigue from your legs. This yoga for anxiety also makes the mind calm and hence prevents anxiety.
4. Utthita Parsvakonasana
We help the stress and anxiety patient here at our yoga center to perform this asana as it is practiced with the help of the chair as props. This asana increases your concentration and balances the mind.
5. Ardha Chandrasana
This yoga for anxiety activates the solar plexus. It also makes the stomach smoother and reduces the irritability from your mind and hence makes you stress and anxiety-free.
6. Adho Mukha Svanasana
By practicing this asana, blood flows towards the mind which helps the neurons to get activated.
7. Salamba Sirsasana
As this asana is practiced against the gravitational force which helps in activating the hypothalamus that controls our mind. This decreases the load from the mind by increasing blood circulation to provide relief from stress and anxiety.
8. Viparita Dandasana
This is a backward bending asana which makes the chest stretched and makes the breathing deep. As a result, this asana activates the dormant energy situated within the body and mind.
Hormonal imbalance is also the main cause of anxiety. So, this yoga for anxiety balances the hormonal process in the body and hence provide relieve in anxiety.
10. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Due to anxiety and also in case of stress, the heartbeat gets fast and imbalanced. This yoga for anxiety will balance the heartbeat and control the blood flow towards the heart.
11. Ujjayi Pranayama
This pranayama is practiced at our center after all the asanas for the treatment performed. Because this pranayama increases the oxygen level in the body and in case of anxiety makes the mind calm and releases any kind of stress in it.
- During the treatment, all the yoga for anxiety will be performed with the help of props.
- Patients will be treated by the trained yoga teachers & under the guidance of Yogacharya Rajveer Singh Chauhan.
- The sequence and difficulty level of asanas may vary according to the condition of patients and their respective medical conditions.
- Every person will be advised to perform asanas based on their current health, age and their present capacity to perform asanas.