When I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety the first thing the doctor suggested was medication of course. I really did not like the idea of taking medicine because I did not want to feel like something was wrong with me. When I didn’t take my medicine i found myself rushing to the emergency room due to panic attacks and other anxious symptoms.
After a while of having and taking medication for my anxiety I was introduced to yoga just like some of mainstream america. Through Madonna of course. Madonna became the face of yoga. I can remember watching her on VH1 behind the music ( music is my love) and she was talking about using yoga as a way of finding her authentic self. She said that practicing yoga allowed her calm in a show biz world around her that was always busy. Aftering see madonna i then began see it everywhere else. So I said let me try this for my anxiety.
After practicing it consistently I felt a difference.
I felt more grateful
Everything around me looked and felt simplified. I looked at the simplest thing such as my heart beat by appreciating it as adding more substance in my life. The yoga pose savasana really allowed me to relax after an intense session. In this relaxed state i would listen to my heart beats, my breathe and melt away my tired muscles. I then expand this gratefulness to my daily life by noticing and approaching things in a more positive way.
I felt more focused
Having to focus on keeping balanced movements forces me to focus my concentration on that yoga pose and my breathe. In my everyday life I was able to focus my attention on what Im doing without feeling mind clutter and stress.
I felt calmer
Breathing into your poses can help you take notice of the pose which in turn allows you to be present and in the moment. When you are present and in the moment of any situation you feel calmer. You mind is quieter, less chatty and cluttered, and you are more in control of a situation.
These 3 benefits will transform you in any situation you will encounter. Just keep it consistent and you will also feel the difference.