Are you struggling with Anxiety?
As a busy professional, you may feel you have tried everything to stop the discomfort of generalized anxiety. Possibly you have tried medication and therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Maybe you are already using physical exercise such as running, CrossFit, Spin or Vinyasa yoga classes to find relief from anxiety only to find the anxiety comes back?
You Are Not Alone
Did you know that according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States? According to ADAA, over 40 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. But just because a lot of people experience it doesn't make it "normal". In fact, those 40 million reported have what we call "disordered" anxiety.
So how do we determine what is "normal" versus a seriously disruptive experience such as social anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder? Normal anxiety can be beneficial for motivating us to change our life circumstances or alert us that we are challenging ourselves outside our comfort zones. Athletes and other successful people in their field describe healthy anxiety as the "nerves" before a game or the feeling of adrenaline before a speech to a large audience. People who have mastered the "short term" anxiety experience find it useful to motivate and achieve. On the other hand, disordered anxiety causes a disruption in our lives and relationships.
There are many types including:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Social anxiety disorder
Major depressive disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Separation anxiety disorder
The good news is, however, we have so many effective treatment approaches to address anxiety disorders.
What if you could find a body-oriented therapy that you can also practice in the comfort of your home?
Anxiety takes many forms. It can range from difficulty making decisions or managing life's challenges to physical symptoms like rapid heart beat and excessive sweating. In some cases, it might have even landed you in the emergency room thinking there was something medically wrong. Regardless of how you anxiety experience, I understand it being uncomfortable. I understand it can at times make life seem unmanageable.
Because of the overlap of physical and emotional sensations experienced with anxiety, you may feel at a loss as to where to start.
Yoga-Therapy For Anxiety Might be Right For You
Yoga-Therapy for Anxiety is not like a typical yoga class. There is no strenuous or vigorous exercise involved. In fact, physical poses are only 1 component of an 8 pronged system of self care known as the 8 Limbs of yoga.
Yoga postures (asana) are a great way to support the nervous system in accessing deep relaxation. During your yoga-therapy f session, restorative poses, twists and forward bends can be used to remind the body it is safe to relax.
Breathing practices (Pranayama) are a very popular tool for reducing anxiety and stress. Your session will include customized breathing practices that you can practice in as little as 3 minutes a day.
Meditation (Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi) is another powerful tool for relieving anxiety. In our sessions together I combine guided meditation and instruction on meditation for home practice.
Our sessions will also include talk therapy that focuses around Yogic Philosophy. Yogic philosophy, similar to Buddhism sees attachment as the cause of all suffering, including anxiety. In our sessions together we can find ways of overcoming unhealthy attachments in all areas of our lives.
Yoga-Therapy for Anxiety Is A Natural Choice
You may still have questions or concerns about Yoga-Therapy for Anxiety…
How long does yoga-therapy take?
Yoga-Therapy for Anxiety is used in conjunction with traditional talk therapy. I recommend 3-6 months of weekly sessions to see a sustained difference.
Therapy sessions can consist of a combination of talking, understanding yoga concepts and how they can improve one’s life, simple yoga postures to prompt the body into deep relaxation, exercises to assist in increasing focus and concentration as well as breathing exercises. Yoga-therapy is skill based and experiential meaning you will have the skills you learn long after your therapy sessions end plus our time together will be an opportunity for your body and mind to experience peace and calm.
Want to find out more about Yoga-Therapy for Anxiety?
Ruschelle has practiced yoga for over 25 years, and is trained in contemplative & Transcendental Meditation. Ruschelle has used body oriented and spiritual practices in her therapy practice for over 20 years. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Yoga for Mental Health under Michele Ribeiro. Ruschelle is currently a student of Om Factory’s 200 YTT and will graduate in December 2018.