Stress and anxiety is rife in this current day and age and the majority of people will deal will these two issues on a day to day basis, in varying levels. It is so important to take time for yourself in these moments. Connecting with the breath, mind and body can help still those external and internal pressures and allow us to move forward in our day with greater ease.
I work with a variety of people who deal with severe anxiety and stress and Yoga has really helped change their outlook. Yoga is not a certain and instant remedy for everyone but for most, simple steps can be taken to alleviate a chaotic mind.
The sequence below takes only 10 – 15 minutes and consists of poses which I myself turn to if I feel like everything is getting too much. You can practice this sequence at any time of day, in the morning, before lunch, or just before you get into bed! Ensure you really focus on your breathing throughout this sequence, as this is one of the easiest tools at our fingertips which can help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. A lot of these poses help steady the breath, encouraging longer and deeper breathing by opening up the lungs.
If you suffer from severe anxiety, avoid deep backbends as this will encourage a shallower exhalation. Instead, opt for postures which are face down, as this will help steady the breath and lengthen the exhale. If you suffer from depression, try the opposite!
I hope it helps you on those days when you can feel yourself starting to spin a little off course.
Let me know if it helps!
What usually helps you when you are stressed or anxious?