Today is All That Matters – Breathing Practice for Anxiety Relief

Posted by  //  October 23, 2018  //  Articles, Today is All that Matters

2 weeks ago, I shared about some of the reasons why yoga is beneficial.

Yoga is a physical practice that has mental and emotional benefits – some of which help relieve the sensations of anxiety. While this may be a great benefit for those who like yoga, others haven’t tried yoga. Totally OK!

What if there was a simple technique from the science of yoga that didn’t require any time on a yoga mat, that you can do anywhere, anytime?

Before we get to it, though, a quick recap of what anxiety actually is, as we understand it at Yoga Farm:

“Anxiety occurs as rapid or racing thoughts that we are believing true, leading to feelings of worry, nervousness or unease about something, a future event or uncertain outcome.”

— Definition by Daniela Hess

One way to soothe sensations of anxiety is with a breathing practice designed to soothe the vagus nerve – a large nerve that connects your brain to the heart, lungs and digestion. When the vagus nerve is soothed, our nervous system is in the ‘rest and relax’ mode instead of ‘fight or flight’ mode.

Sound good? Give this a try now:

First, become aware of your body, feel your feet, your hips, hands and shoulders.

Next, breathe deeply into your lower abdomen, then, as you breathe out, take longer to breathe out than you did to breathe in.

It also helps to count the breath. For example, when you breathe in, count to 4, when you breathe out, count to 8.

Try it now, for one minute. Then, notice how you feel.

At Yoga Farm, we teach simple, effective practices, that everyone can do, in a way that will bring benefit to your life immediately.

Written by Christopher Grant, Yoga Farm Director, Yoga Teacher and Meditation Guide. For more information about self care practices, visit www.YogaFarm.us.

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