LifeForce Yoga: a natural, easy approach to relieving anxiety
Easy to do yoga meditation exercises can help you….
- Dramatically reduce anxiety
- Increase energy for your daily life
- Reduce levels of anger and depression
- And a new study shows they can even change your brain
We were born with an anxiety gene. Anxiety is evolution’s gift to and it’s curse on our species. Anxiety protected our long ago ancestors from wild beasts and marauding tribes. Our species has been ever on the lookout, hyper-vigilant, wary of attack. Those who were careless or a little too laid back in the face of a grizzly or an invader didn’t survive.
Anxiety is nothing new. What’s new is that we are more alone with it. Gone is the village square where are grandparent’s gathered. Even the dining room table where our families gathered to tell the stories of their days at the office, or on the farm or in school is fading from view. When I grew up, my family gathered around the television, as though it were a hearth, to watch the Beatles on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” or Walter Cronkite deliver the news of the day, or re-runs of “I Love Lucy.” Now we each have our own device to watch the programs of our choice. Our families are spread out, dislocated, divorced. The village no longer raises the child. We are hooked in, wired, with hundreds of Facebook friends, but with no one to call when we’re feeling lousy.
Whether it’s your weekly yoga class or a weekend workshop, yoga can connect us to a sense of like-hearted others, reducing feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety. In Sanskrit, we call it sangha or kula, and it means community. If you’re looking for a workshop to reconnect with your own authentic Self beneath your anxious thoughts and to connect authentically with others:
Numerous studies have shown that Yoga practices calm the central nervous system, reducing anxiety, by stimulating the vagal nerve:
By lengthening the exhale in pranayama breathing, we activate the calming, cooling parasympathetic nervous system. To experience breathing practices for both depression and anxiety by the author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists, listen to the Breathe to Beat the Blues CD (downloadable):
Chanting Om has been shown to deactivate the limbic brain—a very good thing if you’re stressed. The LifeForce Yoga Chakra Clearing Meditation CD (downloadable) has both a calming version for anxiety and a mood-elevating version for depression:
Studies have shown that Yoga Nidra, a lying down yoga meditation, significantly reduces anxiety. To listen to a sample of the LifeForce Yoga Nidra for Managing Mood CD (downloadable):
If you’re a yoga teacher or health and healing professional and would like more information of the LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Training for Anxiety and Depression, CEU’s:
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