Anxiety can pull us from the present moment and send us into a state of worry and fear. Studies show that the combination of asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath work) and mindful meditation can help to alleviate anxiety by training our brain to stay in the present moment.
Light on Anxiety will help you incorporate mindful awareness into your everyday life as a way to effectively overcome negative thoughts and behaviors. This approach uses CBT in collaboration with mindfulness techniques to foster awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The goal of mindfulness enhanced CBT is to become aware of thoughts before reacting to them.
For anxiety sufferers, often times the fear that anxiety symptoms are out of our control and only a professional or medication can help, can enhance the fear that something is wrong with us or we will never feel peace or normalcy inside. Those fears are compounded in this digital age of constant technology stimulation activating our brain’s fear response with frightening news, social media where we compare ourselves with others, pressures to buy things to make us look better, produce more. This overstimulation of fearful responses in our brains make even normal fear quickly spin to a place that feels out of our control.
Yoga and mindfulness therapy can assist in opening up vs. fighting again anxiety and is effective at decrease the distress and emotional suffering associated with anxiety disorders.
Train your brain to “be here now.” It is amazing how much you learn to appreciate life when you are present during every moment-to-moment experience. Learn about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation and how to effectively get more out of your day by implementing these techniques into your life!