What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a constant heaviness in your mind. It’s that heart pounding, sweating, nausea, chills, shortness of breath, and dizzy feeling that comes out of nowhere. Sometimes anxiety will make you feel restless and constantly distracted. It feels as if your thoughts are running wild in a million different directions, bumping into each other along the way. Sound familiar? For many of us these symptoms are all too real.
I have personally suffered with anxiety for many years starting when I was a child. As I got older my panic attacks grew worse and more frequent. There were times when I felt like I couldn’t even breathe. As a result my grades suffered, relationships failed, and achieving goals seemed impossible. Anxiety is scary and it’s no joke. It wasn’t until I found a few reliable techniques to reduce anxiety that I was able to get better.
The secret for a balanced life is a balanced body, and yoga is one of the most effective activities to achieve this important aspect of our lives.
Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition that is now practiced all over the world because of its innumerable benefits. The practice is a complex of physical exercises (“Asanas”, the many positions that you should reach during the practice), of breathing exercises (“Pranayama”, the breath control) and of spiritual exercise, meditation.
Ok ladies we’re best friends now let’s get real for a moment. Are you bikini body ready? Yea, neither am I. To be honest I have been so bloated lately. My stomach has been a bit sour and I’ve been feeling all around yuck. Does that ever happen to you? Well I began researching the reason and found out that it could just be my body crying out for a fresh start. Obviously we can’t simply pop into the nearest market and pick out a new body. (Although that would be pretty cool.) So we need to tune up the one we already have. One way to keep our bodies clean and free from toxin buildup is by detoxing.
Hello my fellow Yogians! How are you feeling today? I noticed that I woke up without back pain for the first time in a while. That in itself was exciting! Today’s workout was called “Sun Moon”. I uploaded a visual of all the poses above. Sun Moon started out similar to yesterday in the warrior pose and takes it a step further. You are asked to straighten out your front leg and touch one hand down to the ground while extending the other. While your doing these poses the narrator is also telling you when to inhale and exhale for each pose. At first I was a bit out of sequence with my breathing and ended up getting a huge headache. I knew that breathing during your workout was important but I didn’t realize that how and when you breathe is also very important.
Today is day 1 of my Yoga Journey! Want to join me? I’d love a workout buddy. Day 1 was called “The Exalted Warrior”. I honestly didn’t know what to expect before I started today. When I used to think of yoga the first thing that would pop into my head was a pretzel. I imagined Dave coming home from work finding me stuck in a funky position while Josh sat watching with Rocco, our dog, just shaking their heads. But I have to say to my surprise it was really satisfying. Why do I use the word satisfying? Well, the positions were simple and fluid. I felt my body stretch and by the end I felt strong. I won’t say that it was easy. I haven’t stretched that way in quite a few years. I went into the workout feeling like Marge from Monsters Inc. (“I’m watching you Wazowski. Always watching.”) and came out feeling like Leonidas from the movie 300. I felt strong. I didn’t think I would because the video was only 24 minutes long and focused mainly on a short warm up, a couple of poses, and a rest.