Relieve Anxiety Using Yoga

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A few simple yoga exercises may ease your anxiety.

It is possible to relieve many of the physical symptoms of anxiety through yoga. This is no news to those who have been using this method for years, but if you have not tried it, you will want to see how it can help you become more self-disciplined so that you can relieve your anxiety or at least reduce the symptoms that you experience.

According to Harvard Health Publications, a publication of Harvard Medical School, "....yoga appears to modulate stress response systems. The heart rate is reduced, blood pressure is lowered, and respiration is eased as well." Doing some yoga before meditation can make your meditation session more effective, according to some people who have tried this method. The American Yoga Association says that yoga "helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the sometimes overwhelming fears frustrations, and challenges of everyday life."

Breathing exercises are essential to yoga and they help to relieve anxiety.

Controlling anxiety is easier to do when you use breathing techniques. Yoga also emphasizes breathing for relaxation and stress relief. This type of exercise, along with the stretches of the muscles helps to ease stress and worry. Some people find that when they use these two methods that they are able to minimize or eliminate prescription medications for anxiety.

Of course, it is always best to check with your doctor to see if it is wise to discontinue anxiety medications even if you feel better. Some medicine must be discontinued gradually and can cause problems if you suddenly stop taking it.

Men, women, and children can benefit from yoga to reduce anxiety.

You can take yoga classes, or you might want to learn some poses on your own. There are yoga books that you can buy or borrow from the library, or you might prefer to look online where you will find many demonstrations of how to do poses.

Source: Harvard Health Publications, http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression and American Yoga Association, http://www.americanyogaassociation.org/03anxiety.html

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