If anxiety and stress are getting the best of you, studies have shown yoga can help. Red Head Yoga’s Mindful Yoga for Anxiety program is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, meditation and relaxation to reduce stress lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate.
You will experience results
Within a few days of starting your yoga practice, you will notice better sleeping, a decrease in your panic attacks and anxiety. The yogic breathing techniques (pranayama) along with being mindful and staying in the moment calms your nervous system and relieves you from the mental and physical challenges of anxiety.
You are not alone!
Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States (approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54) (National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)). Surpassing even depression, anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the United States. It’s estimated that approximately 10 percent of teenagers and 40 percent of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder of some kind (www.dosomething.org).
We conduct two 6-week programs – one for Adults and one for Teens. In each program, you will develop ways of dealing with anxiety in a holistic manner while maintaining a more balanced and calm state in your life.
Red Head Yoga has a four components program for teens and adults:
- Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)
- Breath (Pranayama)
- Yoga poses (Asana)
What to Expect
Each 1 ½ to 2-hour session gently introduces you to ways you can control your anxiety. Including Meditation, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping), Breath (Pranayama), and Yoga Poses (Asanas), other topics such as:
- What the body goes through during stress, anxiety, and panic attacks – There’s a chain reaction throughout the body when anxiety clicks in. We go through the sequence of events within the body to show you what goes on.
- Different types of anxiety and phobias – Believe it! There are many different types of anxiety and phobias which trigger your anxiety.
- Journaling – Writing about your good days, bad days, and mediocre days to see what was going on that day to create the day. Journaling like this isn’t like you did as a teenager. It’s more about understanding what triggers your anxieties and how to deal with them on a holistic manner.
- Group Discussion – As a group we can talk about what’s going on, what you’re feeling, what you don’t understand (for clarity), and more. The entire class is based on group discussion.
- Meditation – Learning different types of meditation to help you calm the mind, get restful sleep, and relax the body. Cindy will be guiding you through different meditations to find one which will be right for you.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping) – Gary Craig (Founder of EFT) says this on EFT, “…in essence, it is an emotional version of acupuncture, except we don’t use needles. Instead, we stimulate certain meridian (your body’s energy highway) points on the body by tapping on them with our fingertips. This has shown repeatedly to reduce the conventional therapy process from months or years down to minutes, hours or a few sessions.” In class, we practice this every class and you will be incorporating it into your life. Trust me, you’ll realize how much this works.
- Breath – When we have anxiety and stress, breathing can be one of the hardest things to do. Learning different breathing techniques can help lower your anxiety but also help the entire body to calm down, sleep, and overall wellness.
- Yoga Poses – Certain Yoga Poses help relax the sympathetic nervous system and thereby calming you down and being about to function. These yoga poses are for beginners and people who are new to yoga.
There is also weekly homework such as:
- Practicing Breathing Techniques
- Tracking your daily activity (to find what triggers your anxiety)
- Practicing different home Meditation techniques
- Some of the yoga poses and sequences.
For more information on how yoga can help with anxiety, check out this article: http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/how-yoga-calms-anxiety-holistically