In this article we are not going to focus on what yoga means, or where it comes from, even in yoga postures. In this article, we are going to focus on how yoga can benefit you from anxiety.
Yoga helps us to understand our body and mind, to control them and to synchronize them, so it is a great tool against anxiety. The anxiety arises with the lack of control, when we feel that we do not control the situation is when we become “weak” and that is when anxiety attacks us. Each person is affected in a different way but they all have something in common, fear. Whether rational or irrational, fear is what makes us have anxiety, fear of an unknown situation, a situation out of control. When that happens, our brain accelerates and so does our body, we lose control of our breathing, either consciously or unconsciously, we begin to breathe less when our brain needs more oxygen to work, especially at that moment when our brain is accelerated, causing the “collapse” and the “outbreak” of anxiety.
In yoga we learn to be aware of our body, of every movement, of every breath, making it a habit, as when we learn to ride a bicycle. When we learn to ride a bicycle we learn to control the direction of the handlebar and the speed, since there has to be a synchronicity between both, because if one of the two fails, we fall. Yoga teaches us precisely that, namely to control … not the bicycle … but our body, to learn to breathe correctly, to be aware of our body and to “know how to carry it”.
So … does yoga help against anxiety? Yes, yoga is a tool that helps us to fight it, to keep it at bay. Anxiety will always be there, but with yoga we will have how to keep it under control and how to fight it. With time it will be like riding a bicycle, we will not think about how to control it, we will control it unconsciously, helping us to overcome it. As a professor of Sincronia Yoga once told me: Anxiety is cyclical, it always comes back, but now we will have something to fight it with.
If you still have doubts about whether or not it will help you, come and experience it for yourself to see how you feel before and after the class. In Sincronia Yoga we have different styles and many schedules so you can find the one that best suits you, if you do not know which one to choose please contact us and we will be happy to help you.