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How to Manage Anxiety

By the time Anxiety has us in its grip, we’ve overlooked the signposts that, when heeded, might mitigate its debilitating effects. 

Yoga for Anxiety gives us practical tools for self-management.

Calming Troubled Waters

Yoga’s approach is to familiarise ourselves with old patterns and new habits that ward off Anxiety. We learn how to be Present on a moment to moment basis. Strong feelings and thought patterns are recognised before they overtake us.Yoga tools calm the nervous system

We find relief from tension through embodied movement.

Special breathing practices hone our focus and instantly calm the nervous system.  

Sound therapy vibrates away the trepidation and cavernous dread.

We practice and practice until our body embeds these calmer rhythms. It learns to adopt them skilfully on request.

Once attuned to the body, we turn toward the mind. All Yogic practice is ultimately about mind management.  

We adopt simple, effective tools like self-awareness, self-questioning and mantra japa (centring thought) to reveal mental patternings. Slowly, we alter them.

The Ancient Secret

We do, do, do until we are, are, are the new pattern.

A step forward, two backwards and one forward again. Then, we note how remarkably different our response is to some situation we once handled poorly. This single incident of self-mastery ignites a fire to continue observations and counteractions.

Backslides are Blessings

Even backslides become “golden opportunities”, as the Dalai Lama says, “to practice patience and tolerance”. Yoga calls this “ahimsa” or non-harm to self. We choose to support ourselves, not to criticise.

Yoga for Anxiety Workship 

The Yoga for Anxiety Prevention 5-week workshop begins on Sunday 28 July.  It’s not rocket science, it’s ancient science. These self-management tools are effective when we are ready to welcome change. And you’ll enjoy the support of a motivated group over 5 weeks. Come along. You have nothing to lose except your angst.

Let’s chat to see if it’s right for you. Liv 0409 473 162 or email: livmitchell@ozemail.com.au

Yoga for Anxiety Prevention Workshop details

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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Yoga for Anxiety Prevention

In the Grip 

It was a Winter’s night 20 years ago. I remember running. I was amazed at how well I could run. It had been years and yet I was so light, bounding on air. The exhilaration, the speed! Yet I was unaware I was in the steely grip of anxiety. 

Anxiety takes over

I was running from a nasty argument with my partner. Our relationship was over. We had known this for weeks. My nervous system was literally in full flight response. And I was barely eating or sleeping. Without the tools to navigate the end of this relationship and my other life circumstances, I bounced from feeling helpless to rage and despair. The alone-ness was inevitable (I was yet developed my stabilising centre). The looming of it filled me with dread. I was grieving over having no children in my waning child-bearing years. My father had recently died. My mother, my usual support, was lost in her own grief. My work life was a sunken mess. The present felt overwhelming and the future appeared bleak.

Immersed in the maelstrom, I lost my ability to function. My mind scattered in a thousand directions. Spells of tears consumed me with no notice. Mental paralysis gripped, depression dumps hit at a moment’s notice, followed by frenzied activity.

Anxiety is exhausting. Some of you know the experience intimately.

Yoga – it’s common sense

Yoga’s tools to address it are simple and effective. But they are not a quick fix. Yoga asks us to increase our sensitivity to become acutely aware of our mental and emotional patternings. When we are aware of our responses to life, we can choose differently. The Yogic approach is pure pragmatism and common sense.

These techniques have the capacity to reshape a life, but only if we commit to them. That is, if we commit to ourselves. We decide to say “Yes! I am worth the effort. I want to lead a stronger more resilient life.”

These tools carry us to groundedness again and again. At times they cradle us.

Truths long obscured, are revealed, allowing mind and body to recline into relaxed perspective. After periods of prolonged difficulty and applying the practices, overviews of life arrive. Ease, unparalleled, is resting in that expansive, accepting space. Grace is present.

How to change

If you yearn for Ease and dynamic, balancing perspective in your life, commit to 5-weeks of yogic practices. No prior yoga experience is necessary, but an interest in yoga is desirable. 

The Yoga for Anxiety Prevention workshop series begins Sunday 28 July. 

Are you done with anguish? Are ready for change? Then lead yourself gently forward. Perhaps it is time.

Call or email me if you have any queries. I’d love to hear from you. Liv 0409 473 162 livmitchell@ozemail.com.au

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Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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How to Stay on Track

 This YogaMeWell spring/summer term (at 4Dverse Creative Hub St Kilda), we’re practicing the art of STAYING or yoga and mindfulness on the mat.

We’re going to hold our postures longer, not to keep up with the trend toward Yin yoga or to ease open soft tissue. Our aim is to watch the fluctuations of mind in an effort to command greater steadiness.

A pure focus.

By staying in a pose longer than feels comfortable, we invite the mind to speak loudly. The yoga we do at YogaMeWell is relatively gentle, so the mind is most likely to speak its restlessness first: “Come on! What’s next?” “Maybe I’ll buy a pizza on the way home…”.

If staying does introduce a level of discomfort, we can take the opportunity to observe how the mind handles that: does it push malevolently through to chastise the body, or does it recognise and yield to this plea to ease off until the body is better nourished, rested or repaired. 

 

A MIND FIELD OF SUFFERING

The point is, ALL the trouble we get ourselves into in this life is caused by the activities of the mind. The yogic guidebook to peace, the Yoga Sutras, mentions this in its first breath: “citta vritti nirodha“, let us “still the fluctuations of the mind”. 

Our practice is always about harnessing that wild beast and leading it to focus.

While staying also eases us toward flexibility, and to gain strength, its real purpose is to encourage us, as students of this tumultuous life, to stand back from the relentlessness of hidden mental churning. We might gain a peek at how the mind directs our pathway using Free Will or Ego Stealth.

Through our practice on and off the mat, we can come to observe the decisions our Decision-Maker makes. We invite the Seer (whatever is behind the decision-making Ego mind) to stand forward and review the thought processes. Watching the mind from peaceful distance brings greater control over thoughts and subsequent actions.

If you feel inspired to join us, your mat awaits Tuesdays at 6:30pm or 7:35pm.

We are friendly faces and encouraging of each other. And we enjoy sharing our group practice. Each week, we uplift each other through our careful focus and dedication to regain balance.

It’s not about how you look or ‘perform’. Not at all. It’s about how you feel.

All levels of experience welcome. However if you have significant restrictions, these general classes may not be suitable. (Private classes are available to develop a personal practice.)

Term 4 begins Tues 9 October

Enrol now: 0409 473 162 or livmitchell@ozemail.com.au

I’m looking forward to meeting you when the time feels right. Until then, stay bright.

Cheery,
Liv

Liv Mitchell

Liv Mitchell is a hatha yoga teacher, relaxation instructor and freelance writer/editor who specialises in holistic wellbeing.

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