Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Yoga for anxiety - letting go

Please click on the video below to watch, 'Yoga for anxiety - letting go'-on my YouTube Channel.

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Please note-Please consult your doctor if you are having severe panic attacks or chronic anxiety - there is much a doctor can offer you that would complement your yoga practice such as Cognitive behaviour therapy or counselling which you could do alongside yoga. 

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.

It feels like we have been on a journey together in this series - one which has come to the point now where we are ready to let go of the things in our lives that are no longer serving us. Even though we need to let them go, they have been part of our spiritual growth.  Now it is time to keep the love and the wisdom from them and then, like a leaf falling from a tree in autumn, let go.

Letting go can be a painful process.  Over the course of this series we have let go of the physical tension caused by our anxious thoughts, we have learned to calm our minds, and enhance our awareness of anxious thoughts so that when they arise we can 'take a step back' and observe them.  We have summoned up the strength to be with our anxieties and called upon our wisdom and insight to challenge whether those anxieties have any basis in truth. 

Now we are ready to let go and this is the intention behind this week's video.  We will be working with the downward flow of energy (apana vayu) and with the exhale. We end with a tree meditation to help with the process of letting go.

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