Release anxiety and the issues from your tissues with restorative yoga. The sooner you address anxiety when it shows up as physical stress, pain or tension, the sooner you’ll think clearly, sleep sound and feel like you can focus on what really matters to you. I’m proof!
Anxiety And Depression
A Physical Experience
Have you ever heard someone say, “Anxiety is just in your head.”? Yea, they’re wrong. Tell them I said so. Believe me, science says so, too. Now, if you want to be able to manage and deal with anxiety in the present, I recommend you take CBD oil, which will help regulate the parts of your brain that control your moods and how you deal with stress.
But, when you experience anxiety and aren’t taking healers to regulate your perception of, and response to, anxiety, your mind and body are taken hostage to a whole new level.
Anxiety, if not managed, will cause your muscles to ache and and become ultra tense. Anxiety will cause your breath to become shallow and fast paced. When you become anxious, you experience heart palpitations and stomach aches that make you nauseous and experience diarrhea. That’s why it’s important to understand the mind-body connection around anxiety and that you use restorative yoga to care for yourself.
The Mind-Body Connection
When you argue with your family, breakup with a boyfriend, don’t get that promotion, or start comparing yourself to other women, anxious thoughts arise. Say, goodbye to peace, because now you’re stressed and it’s taking a toll on your body.
Those thoughts and experiences are the match to the flame that ignites your body’s physiological “flight or fight” response; no bueno. Your brain releases a surge of adrenaline into your body and your body goes on high alert. The next thing that happens is your sympathetic nervous system activates and releases stress hormones, like cortisol. And there you have it, all hell breaks loose on your body.
Then take into account all the past tension and stress you’ve been harboring in your tissues from the old arguments, breakups, disappointments, and trauma you’ve experienced. Your body has gone through a lot and has been at the mercy of anxiety, and the depression that comes with it.
But with restorative yoga you can begin the healing process and restore your body to balance.
What Is Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga focuses on physical postures and breathing practices that purify your body. During restorative yoga, you relax into poses. At this point your parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated, which promotes a relaxation response in your body and your stress begins to melt away. This is similar to what happens when you meditate, even for a short amount of time.
Restorative yoga opens the body beyond that of a regular yoga class; it promotes healing and wellness mind, body, spirit.
Release The Issues from Your Tissues
During restorative yoga you hold postures for 3-5 minutes at a time and targets the deeper areas of the body in a safe way by applying tolerable stresses for a long period of time. You’ll experience sensations in your body in ways most people don’t do on a regular basis. You’ll likely feel emotional as you release tension and toxins from your tissues. Don’t freak out if you become emotional, it’s not just you. This is normal. It’s the same thing that happens when you get a massage or give yourself a massage.
By creating space and freeing energy to move throughout your body, you can free yourself from old trauma and blockages. And remember, this yoga practice is not about how you look or the alignment of your body, so stay away from the mirror. Restorative yoga is all about going inward and focusing on releasing from within.
Start Your Own Practice
Yoga Tools For All Levels
Here are some yoga props and tools that you’ll want and need to comfortably and effectively start you restorative yoga practice at home. If you aren’t flexible, you want and need these to use these tools and props so you can comfortably get into each posture. If you’re an experienced yogi, you’ll want and need these tools to help you get deeper into your practice.
These are props and tools for yogis; beginners to advanced:
- If you’re not flexible: blocks to prop under your hips and knees and to rest your head on.
- If you have lower back issues: a cushion to place under your knees during your final posture
- If your a new yogi: a yoga set to make your new practice a part of your everyday lifestyle.
Here is a 15-minute sequence for you to enjoy at home to release old “anxiety footprints”. Hold each posture for 3-5 minutes. Allow your breath to flow naturally, without strain. If you feel any pain in your hips or knees, use blocks to support you. I’ve included demonstrations of postures supported with blocks.
All it takes is 15 minutes of intentional stretching and breathwork to bring your body closer to healing from anxiety, of the past and present. So when anxious thoughts become physical tension, soreness and pain, release the issues from your tissues with restorative yoga. I’m proof that stretching your body will bring calm to your mind and more peace to your life!
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