Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga for Anxiety

Yoga is a powerful practice that many of us now know about due to the immense amplification of popularity that has occurred over the last decade or so. Yoga dates back to at least 5,000 years ago in India, so it is safe to say that this age-old practice withholds a ton of ancient wisdom and a credibility that can only be achieved through such a length of time. Yoga has become increasingly accessible in recent years, both through physical studios and gyms that anyone can visit and also through the online space, which can provide either live virtual classes or prerecorded ones that are available to stream.

Yoga is all about nonjudgement and to be at one with the mind and body, and you certainly do not have to be a fitness expert by any stretch of the imagination to participate in it. Yoga has been found to have an abundance of health benefits, including but not limited to an increase in strength and flexibility, a means of arthritis relief, a way to promote better sleep, and as a way to reduce anxiety exponentially. Sanara Wellness in Southlake, TX is a center that offers an array of different classes for various skill levels, so you can select the one that best suits your needs. Sanara Wellness also happens to offer a “Yoga for Anxiety” class, which is ideal for any individual that is suffering from a lot of stress, pressure, and anything else that comes with anxiety. If you aren’t aware of all the different ways that yoga can manage and even significantly reduce anxiety, we have compiled a summary of some of the most prominent ways to showcase to you how it can help.


Produces Extreme Relaxation

When you are dealing with anxiety, engaging in an activity that claims to help generate relaxation might seem close to impossible. If you take the leap and decide to participate in a yoga class that is specifically for anxiety or a more generalized one, you will probably be surprised in just how much tension relief you will experience after a single hour of practice. Yoga utilizes a combination of breathwork, stretches, and mindfulness to create a balance within the body and mind, which naturally produces a heightened sense of relaxation. When we are stressed and anxious, it begins to take a physical toll on our body in various forms such as through tension in the muscles, especially in the neck, shoulder, and back regions. Yoga can help melt away this tension and leave you feeling like you’re practically floating rather than worried and wound up.


Brings You into the Present Moment

A huge source of severe anxiety is due to obsessively thinking about things that are not happening right now – whether it be in the future or the past. The practice of yoga helps us see that there is no use for doing so, because what is in the past cannot be changed, and what is in the future will not be altered through worrying about it. Yoga teaches us that the present moment is all that there is, which generates a huge means of anxiety relief due to the very essence of this lesson. Through time and regular practice, this will become an innate understanding that will consistently provide an alleviation of anxiety, and it will make the small and large things that are perceived as problems seem insignificant.


Provides a Workout for the Body

We all know that it’s vital to get in a certain amount of physical exercise each week because this is conducive to a healthier and more efficient body. Exercise is also a perfect way to receive a rush of endorphins, which are the feel-good chemicals that are released after a great workout that have a therapeutic effect on the body and mind. Yoga can either be a slow-paced, fully relaxing experience that only involves deep stretches, meditation, and breathing exercises, or it can be a full-body exercise that engages muscles you probably didn’t even know you could workout. Both of these styles still offer the full relaxation and anxiety relief benefits, but when you get a more vigorous class in, you will likely leave feeling even more that you were able to let go of your stressors, and the additional endorphins that were produced through the more difficult session will be reason enough for you to want to incorporate yoga as much as possible.


Creates a Sense of Community

Mental illnesses like anxiety disorders have a distinct way of making a person feel isolated from those around them in places like work, school, or even at home, and desiring a sense of community through similar interests is a natural occurrence that happens within everyone. Yoga can provide this ideal sense of belonging, as there is hardly a more nonjudgmental and accepting community out there. Finding your niche and immersing yourself into that can have astounding benefits on your overall state of mental health, and it can certainly act as a means to reduce anxiety and as a way to come across other individuals who are likeminded and interested in similar things as you. If you have anxiety that gets worse in social situations, attending a yoga class is a great way to ease yourself into this type of setting, because at the end of the day you only need to show up here for your own self.

One of the many fantastic components of yoga is the fact that anyone can participate in it, no matter your age or ability level. There are modifications that are available for nearly every pose, and since the practice is all about nonjudgement and listening to your body, you can just lie in a pose that is comfortable to you and focus on your breath and level of relaxation that way. If you haven’t yet tried yoga for reducing your anxiety, give it a shot and experience for yourself the numerous advantages that can end up coming out of it.


Getting Help

If you or someone you love are in need of psychiatric services for anxiety, please reach out to our team in Southlake, TX. We specialize in handling anxiety and depression in children, adolecents, and adults through cognitive behavioral therapy and medication management. We currently offer in-person appointments to patients in our Southlake (DFW) offices. We also offer online appointments to patients in the Austin, DFW, Houston, and San Antonion areas. 


Dr. Michael Messina

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