How Yoga May Help You Curb Your Anxiety Attacks

Posted on: 13 July 2016


Having generalized anxiety disorder can be crippling and cause struggles with your daily living. Generalized anxiety disorder or GAD, affects over 40 million people and many people seek professional help for it. If you're currently on medication or your medication isn't working as effectively as it should, you may want to consider alternative methods. Yoga is just one way to help you get a grip on the troubling side effects of anxiety. Here's how.

Helps To Get Breathing Under Control

Oftentimes, when you initially feel a surge of fear or anxiety with a panic attack, you start to breathe differently. Breathing faster and erratically because of the panic can quickly cause:

  • Feelings of lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Syncope or passing out
  • Feelings of disassociation from your body
  • Numbness and tingling in arms and legs

Practicing daily yoga techniques can help keep your body and mind calm throughout the day. You can resort to deep breathing by inhaling slowly and exhaling through your nose. This is one yoga technique that you can use when you're having an anxiety attack.

Curbs Adrenaline Rushes

Routine yoga routines can also help keep stress from appearing out of nowhere. The fight or flight mechanism occurs when the body suddenly senses stress for no reason at all, or on the contrary, for a very good reason—which is visible inevitable danger. With GAD, your body often senses stress out of the blue, with no real cause present. This releases a surge of adrenaline that can quickly trigger a full-blown panic attack. Practicing yoga once or twice a day with stretching and deep breathing exercises can help curb the effects of adrenaline and reduce your chances of a panic attack.

Relieves Overall Stress

Yoga techniques can also help with relieving stress that you experience daily. Reducing stress can help you better manage symptoms of GAD. Some common yoga positions include:

  • Warrior II-spreading your legs apart, crouching and stretching your arms ahead and behind you.
  • Mountain Pose- standing straight with your arms to the side.
  • Downward Facing Dog- with your legs and hands on the floor and your back arched in the air.

Using any of the yoga poses and techniques can help stretch and strengthen muscles, providing stress relief that lasts until the next session.

May Help You Sleep Better At Night

Routine yoga practices may also help you fight insomnia. Everyone experiences insomnia from time to time, but people who suffer from GAD and panic attacks frequently have sleep issues. Practicing a good stretching and deep breathing routine every night before bed may help you get a better night's sleep.

Contact a yoga instructor in your area to learn more about anxiety yoga help.