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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

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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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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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R U Woke?

“Are you woke?”

Because our teens need to know. Their future is at stake.

It’s a question doing the rounds of their vernacular, assures Mum-of-teens and counsellor Sarah. If you are thinking of doing, or are practising yoga, being “woke” is definitely on your agenda.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE WOKE?

So what does it mean? Digital trends monitor BuzzFeed says to be “woke” is “to challenge problematic norms and injustices through complete awareness”.  But Sarah and I agree this welcome question carries deeper import.

To be woke is to raise your consciousness, to strive for my three favourite ‘S’s:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-responsibility
  • Self-mastery.

The time is now. Goodness knows, the world needs more light workers, that is, people committed to raising their consciousness as world service. 

WHY WE NEED TO BE WOKE NOW!

Astrologically, we are at the dawn of the “woke” Age, the Age of Aquarius, which began in 2011-ish (astrologers argue the dates but generally speaking, an Age spans 2000 years). The Aquarian Age is about developing the leader within, cultivating and employing our innate wisdom.

Yes! That is why there is yoga on every street corner. It’s why organised religions struggle to recruit, yet individual spirituality continues to grow. It’s why the internet came into being now, in order to support consensus and true democracy, giving voice to millions. Think of the social action campaigns such as Change.org and crowd funding.

Before Aquarius, the Age of Pisces (0 AD to 2011-ish) gave us strong leadership to get things done. It coincided with the birth of Jesus Christ and included other great leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Ghandi, as well as ignominious ones, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin Dada, Pol Pot, Saddham Hussein. The Piscean Age created hierarchies of power. But as Aquarius began her approach, the great institutes and powerbases began to fall: the stock market, the housing market, corporations, banks, dictatorships, outdated approaches …

The world now asks us to connect and chart progress through our innate wisdom that is governed by love and benevolent will.

HOW TO WAKE UP?

The upshot? Get some yoga into you 😉 Make 2018 the year you start a home practice.

Liv Mitchell

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

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