How Yoga and Meditation Has Helped Me Cope with Anxiety
24 April 2017
I am a firm believer that if it hadn’t discovered yoga and meditation, my life would not be what it is today. I have suffered with anxiety since I was 14 years old. At this tender age, I was forced to watch my best friend and my mother pass away in front of my eyes. I attempted to channel my emotions, in many damaging ways. That was until I discovered meditation and yoga.
My Discovery Of Yoga
It is true that everyone suffers from some type of stress or anxiety at some point in their lives. Chronic stress can take a toll on the body. It drains the body of energy, and keeps the body in a fight or flight situation. Tension in the muscles is common, along with restricted breathing. The mind is unable to focus on one task at a time, which magnifies anxious feelings.
Unfortunately, due to some of the damaging behaviours I partook in, in order to cope with my emotions, I ended up gaining quite a substantial amount of weight, which is actually what steered me down the yoga path.
I discovered yoga while I was browsing online. At the time, my intention was to find an exercise that I could do, that would help me lose weight. Little did I know, that I was not going to be able to just lose weight by practicing this ancient exercise routine, but I was going to get something more out of the ordeal.
How Yoga and Meditation Helped Me Cope
According to the American Yoga Association, the program is designed to help reduce stress on the body. It assists with proper breathing and helps a user discover inner strength that they never knew they had. Doing a few exercises daily, regulates proper breathing, relaxes the body, and eliminates stress from large muscle groups. Not to mention that with this form of exercise, the brain is provided with fresh blood and oxygen. The introduction of these two necessities helps to create a feeling of well-being.
Life has always pushed me one way or the other. I have never been able to deal with circumstances the way that someone who does not suffer from anxiety would. Through yoga and meditation, I could find the time for myself that I desperately yearned for. I could take myself out of my current life situation, and place myself in a peaceful state, away from the hurt and pain of my world.
The Best Yoga Poses That Alleviate Stress
There are two practices in Yoga, which I believe alleviate stress the best. Sun Poses, which are whole body exercises, are extremely helpful. They encourage deep breathing. Complete breathing techniques are another practice recommended for anyone that feels stressed out. The good news is the same practices that are taught while engaging in the program can be carried over into everyday life.
Taking a few deep breaths whenever an attack is likely to arise can eliminate the attacks severity. It provides an invisible jolt to the brain, calming your mind, and giving you the ability to cope with whatever situation develops.
With yoga, I have learned how to quiet my mind, and focus. While Meditation has taught me how to get in touch with my inner self.
These two tools are always helping me quiet the chaos that is going on around me. It gives me the energy that I need to make it through the day. Like I said, I cannot imagine where I would be today, if I had not discovered these two ancient techniques.