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Fight Anxiety Disorder with Yoga and Meditation



To live with anxiety can be a bit of a hassle. Irrespective of whether you have acute or generalized, anxiety can create feelings of limited control, persistent fear, anger and defeat among others. Most people evade their anxiety related problems, others struggle with it and often lead a life that is dependent on various kinds of medication to curb its effects. Yoga and meditation have found to have a profound positive effect on dissolving anxiety. While for most, their diagnosis still stands, however, with yoga they have managed to control it to a point where it is not as prevalent as it would have been.

How do you know whether you suffer from an anxiety disorder?

The following are some of the symptoms of anxiety disorder:

1. You feel unusually panicky, scared or uneasy at any situations
2. You are usually obsessive and controlled in your way of dealing with past traumatic experiences
3. You have frequent nightmares
4. You tend to have repetitive habits, or keep fidgeting with yourself when placed in a stressful situation. Some of them include, biting nails, twirling or pulling hair, etc.
5. You tend to feel sweaty, hot, and eventually breathless in certain situations


Yoga and anxiety: Most of the people who suffer from anxiety resort to medications and counselling. While they are necessary, yoga helps in staying calm and relaxed. It helps to find your inner strength, making you capable to face events without any anxiety or restlessness. This is why one of the recent trending vacation hotspots are these yoga and meditation retreats in Rishikesh that offer classes, satsangs, meditation centres, etc. for a complete healing and relaxation.

Consisting of various poses or asanas, breathing techniques and meditation, yoga helps in attaining a mind-body balance. These yoga and meditation retreats in Rishikesh, for example, comes with packages that help the new yogis learn to recover, and face life with a new positive strength and approach. Here are few techniques that can help an unsettled mind:

Yoga asanas that relieve stress: If you are new to yoga, head to these yoga and meditation retreats in Rishikesh where regular classes are held to teach people how to achieve a balanced and healthy mind and body. These asanas help release tension and negativity. The most common of them are matsyasana (fish pose), dhanurasana (bow pose), Paschimottanasana (two-legged forward bend), and/or Shirshasana (Headstand), etc. Before starting off with yoga asanas, give some time to relax.

Breathing help relieve anxiety: Focusing on various breathing techniques help free the mind of the unnecessary clutter that can trigger an anxiety attack. There are different types of pranayama or breathing techniques that can be practiced to reduce the stress and focus on the good things in life.

Keep faith and smile: Lastly, it is important to keep faith. One way is to develop a habit of reciting daily affirmations that would keep all negativity at bay. These also instil positive energy and help calm the mind. There is no instant relief from this disorder and therefore, inculcating such habits help in improving confidence and positivity.


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