Nowadays, everyone suffers from mild anxiety, however, chronic anxiety takes a tremendous toll on the body, draining energy resources and keeping the body in a constant state of stress. The effects of anxiety are magnified when: the body is not exercised, tension in the muscles builds, breathing remains constricted, and the mind has no rest from the whirling thoughts and feelings. This feeds the anxiety.
Yoga helps you gain inner strength that allows you to face overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life. A few Yoga exercises practiced daily help regulate breathing; relax our body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen, and other nutrients; consequently, increasing feelings of well-being. “Whole body” exercises such as the Suryanamaskar are particularly helpful because they encourage you to breathe deeply and rhythmically.
The Complete Breath technique is a must for anyone who often feels “stressed out.” Once learned, the Complete Breath can be used anywhere, anytime, to reduce the severity of a panic attack, to calm the mind, or to cope with a difficult situation. Learning to concentrate simply on the sound of the breath as you inhale and exhale evenly and smoothly will help you gently but effectively switch your attention from feelings of anxiety to feelings of relaxation.
Daily practice of complete relaxation and meditation is also essential – even a few minutes of meditation during your work day can make a difference. This daily training in focusing the mind on stillness will teach you how to consciously quiet your mind whenever you feel overwhelmed. Meditation puts you in touch with your inner resources; this means less dependence on medications, greater self-awareness, and a fuller, happier life.