Healing Through Yoga: Releasing Fear and Anxiety

Healing Through Yoga: Releasing Fear and Anxiety


JASMINE KALOUDIS, YOGA INSTRUCTOR
In some poses you can start to feel the relief within five or 10 minutes.
Well there’s a meditation aspect to most yoga classes and so having exercises that
just help to center and ground, getting in touch with their
breath, getting people aware of their fears and
anxieties. And if they are feeling scared and using their breath, letting that go. So
the more awareness you have over any negative emotions,
the more you can use those kinds of tools to
help release them and become more detached about them. To have a more sustained feeling
of relief. Having a regular practice that’s
just a little bit every day, 15 or 20 minutes is a lot better
than just having one two-hour class once a week. And so I like to give a lot of takeaways
for how they can sustain the peace and tranquility
that they’ve gained from class and continue it on a
daily basis. One of my favorites is for insomnia and fatigue and feeling kind of edgy is “legs
up the wall.” So you’re just laying down on
the floor or in your bed and you just put your legs up
on the wall and resting. There’s no muscular effort involved and that’s a great pose
to do at the end of a day, not at the beginning because
it’s so incredibly calming and centering. And there is
also breathing that you can do, like putting your hand over your belly. Breathing into
your hand, letting it go, breathing in. So practicing
those kind of moves in class and they can do those
anywhere. They can do those in the car, at the office, at home in bed.
Having just the practice like an hour and a half where you’re just focused on your
breath and just on your reactions to what’s going on inside
of your own body and taking those moments just to
honor yourself can be an incredible luxury and very therapeutic and healing on a kinesthetic
level and on an emotional level as well. 4wholeness.com Page 1 of 1 October 4, 2011
– Jasmine Kaloudis, Yoga Instructor