Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Yoga for anxiety - starting to calm the mind

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Yoga for anxiety - starting to calm the mind' on my YouTube Channel.



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Last week we worked on releasing physical tension.  This week we start to calm the mind by drawing energy down from the upper dantien (energy centre in the head) to the lower dantien located in the lower abdomen.  So many of us 'live in our heads' so that excess energy accumulates here leading to anxiety.  Our grounding practice draws energy down to our lower energy centre.  Here is located the gut which is often referred to as the body's 'second brain'.  There is good reason for this - here 90% of the body's serontin is produced which is the body's mood balancing hormone.  

As well as bringing energy down a grounding practice also connects us to the earth which has the effect of making us feel connected to something bigger than ourselves which has a calming effect.  Another way you can do this is to spend a few minutes standing on the grass without shoes and socks.  

We end this week's video with a meditation counting the breath.  Meditation is proven to reduce anxiety so if you do suffer from chronic anxiety try to meditate daily.  

Please be aware that these yoga practices may take you to an emotional edge that can be very painful if you suffer from severe anxiety. Just as with a physical edge, you should back off if the emotions get too intense.  I would strongly advise you to check with your medical practitioner before undertaking these yoga practices.

Namaste,


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