Yoga for fear/anxiety: includes video of session I did today

ICOMRF-00006817-001As my body heals from the iatrogenic injury caused by psychiatric drugs, the process of healing the autonomic nervous system demands the continual working with fear in the body.

This morning I did the below yoga session.

Yoga is wonderful for training us to be with the sometimes uncomfortable sensations in our body, which is a skill that can be transferred to our lives in a multiple number of ways.  Practicing and learning to be with discomfort is an important skill to have.

I enjoy Melissa West’s yoga videos. I’ve shared a couple of others too.

Anxiety is basically a clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and in opposing fashion fear and/or anxiety is often referred to in Buddhism and other alternative philosophies such as yoga, as normal. Which is why many techniques to cope with anxiety have been inspired by eastern practices.  There are many methods to learn how to be with these normal feelings, whether they’re very intense or not. As individuals some of us may be more prone to more intensity than others. We can all work with whatever it is we experience.

For more support with working with fear and anxiety see this collection: Fear and anxiety: coping, reframing, transforming…

Yoga for your health and wellbeing, helps with your heart and anxiety and depression

More YOGA: Yoga victory: recovery continues

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