It is normal to experience overwhelm and anxiety from time to time, especially when undergoing life changes or under physical and mental pressure. Sometimes we can link anxiety to an obvious stressor, and other times, we have no idea why it's there.
Regardless of its cause and origins, anxiety is uncomfortable, disrupting our mental clarity and sleep quality. When stress is left unattended and unabated, daily worries turn into chronic stress, eventually impacting our long-term health.
Yogic breathing practices, or pranayama, teach us how to regulate and train our body's stress responses. By learning how to modulate the stress response with conscious breathing, we can reduce and alleviate anxiety while building resilience against future stressors.
This guided breathing practice has a specialized science to it. Two parts sympathetic activation and one part parasympathetic. When we have chronic anxiety, we're stuck in the sympathetic nervous system, making it really hard to turn off. So by using a slightly sympathetic breath, it meets your nervous system where it's at, helping you eventually down-regulate and move towards increased steadiness and calm by exhalation.
Whether you have anxiety, sleeplessness, are under a lot of pressure from physical pursuits, work and family requirements, this breathing practice will be an excellent addition to your self-care routine.
Yoga Therapy Guided Breathing Pranayama for Anxiety
Evan Rachel Soroka