Anxiety and Yoga

The journal “Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice” published a study on yoga and postpartum women with anxiety in May 2009. Researchers in Iran found that participation in a two-month yoga class can lead to significant reduction in perceived levels of anxiety in women who suffer from anxiety disorders.

Here’s the link if you want to check it out yourself “http://tinyurl.com/mta9gj

This is no surprise to those of us in the yoga world but it’s nice to see thousands of years of an ancient art verified with research. Combine slow, controlled breathing with some cognitive techniques (self-talk) and you have one of the most effective techniques in the psychotherapy world for panic attacks. The breathing techniques come straight from yoga and meditation traditions.

If you can’t afford psychotherapy or can’t find a therapist you click with near you and you’re dealing with anxiety, try to find a yoga class to attend. Most community centers offer low cost yoga these days. The type of yoga doesn’t matter that much. Virtually every type includes a relaxation period at the end of the class and emphasizes the breath in coordination with the body and poses. This is the key you’re looking for. Next time – a quick lesson on how to slow the breath down.

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