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Ever since I was diagnosed with anxiety, I’ve been super interested in yoga. I was made aware that it can help with your mental health and I was keen to try anything that might have an impact. Luckily for me, yoga did have an impact and I still practice it today, regardless of my mental state. I would recommend yoga to anyone and there are so many different types which benefit so many different elements of health and well-being. I wanted to talk about my experience with yoga and the benefits I’ve found its made to my life.
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I’ve been practicing Yoga for a number of years now and the most beautiful thing about it is that it’s an experience. There’s no end goal. No competition. The very act of Yoga and everything you discover about yourself through practice is an experience and if you’re into your personal growth, then I’d highly recommend rolling out the Yoga mat.
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I have a few additional blog posts where I share some tips for those who want to get into Yoga but in this post, I want to focus mostly on my experience with Yoga and the amazing benefits I’ve gained from it. Which will hopefully encourage you to roll out the mat and have your own experience too!
My experience with Yoga:
It’s taught me how to breathe properly: Breathing is important… Obviously. But it’s amazing how often we actually don’t breathe properly which can have a negative impact on us. Yoga has taught me to breathe deeper, slower and in a more correct rhythm.
It got me into exercise again: I was put off exercise completely when I got anxiety, unfortunately. I was terrified of getting hot and sweaty and passing out. You name it, I was scared of it happening! But yoga eased me back into light exercise which I am so grateful for.
It made me more aware of my body: It made me realise what areas I needed to work on it terms of flexibilty and which areas of my body are tighter and painful in certain positions. It helps you tune in to you. And its an incredible feeling when you do so.
It helps me tune out: When I say tune out, I mean tune out of the outside world and tune in to me and the present moment. There’s nothing like blocking out everything else in your life and just focusing on your breathing, your positions and how your body is feeling.
Its made me more grateful: This is a funny one and I don’t know how it’s done so, but yoga has made me more grateful for health for my own body and for having the ability to move it freely each day. It’s made me more in tune with the earth and everything in it.
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Glad you are feeling well and have found yourself with yoga. Something I wish I was able to do but I just didn’t think yoga was for me. Keep practicing and I hope you keep well x
You have to make yoga for yourself – that’s why I love it cos there’s no rules xxx
That line ” helps me tune out” actually makes a lot of sense. After all, Yoga is all about exploring your inner dimension by cutting out the outer. Good post 🙂
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I’ve recently started yoga and even though I feel super awkward while doing it, afterwards I feel good and relaxed
Do you go to a class or do it at home? Important thing about yoga is that is absolutely does not matter what anyone else is doing – yoga is for YOU to go at your own pace and do what feels right for you which will be different for everyone (: xx
I actually do it at work, there’s a few of us that do it during lunch. I think I just need to really get into it, a lot of the time I’m too cautious as to who is around me xx
Great post Jenny! 🙂 Im glad that is has worked out so well for you. You finding Yoga to help with your anxiety. This is actually what happend to me when first introduced to Yoga. I had severe depression and anxiety, Yoga made me feel much better. The breathing is a huge issue when we have panic attacks so that helped me out a lot as well.
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Yep totally, learning how to breathe properly is so beneficial z
Yes, thats the key to everything. Breath is Prana, your lifeforce! 🙂 I struggled a lot in the beginning before I knew what benefits Yoga would give me, to breathe properly. Just using the throat area when I had anxiety and also the lungs. Now I breathe into my stomach, you also release a lot of toxins activating your breath 🙂
Great post! I too suffer from anxiety. More specifically anxiety about driving and I live two hours from most of my family. I also have anger issues. Yoga has helped with both tremendously! When I feel like I’m getting upset about anything I can bring breathing techniques and meditation into my life because of yoga. That also applies to when I feel anxious about a trip I’m about to take. I also find myself more grateful!! I think it’s the mantra at the end of each class of “the light in my honors the light in you” that helps me be more grateful for life in general as well as the over awareness you have of your body after slowly breathing through every stretch of the muscles in your body. Great post!
Awh I’m so glad to hear yoga works so well for you! It can be so beneficial for so many different things! (: xx
Beautiful blogpost! Thank you for sharing your journey. I also love yoga and believe it helps with so much. Would be so greatful if you could also check out my blog sometime too <3
I too suffer from anxiety and in yoga I found my purpose ❤️
Thanks so much for you blog and for sharing your adwise. I can so relate to you. I have also had anxiety and used yoga as one way to heal myself and I still practice it. It’s really amazing. Thanks again, love to follow you and glad I found you ❤️ Lots of love
Thanks for commenting! Yoga can be so beneficial for anxiety!
For sure. Have a great day 💕
I followd you on Pinterest, and invited you to my board. Love it if you joined ❤️
I already practice yoga and you’re absolutely right, it is so helpful in so many ways. I really love it.
That’s brilliant! (:
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Amazing one, keep posting!
Grateful , definitely ! To be able to hold an attitude of gratitude
Yoga is empowering. It definitely helps my anxiety, as I’m so focused on breathing while in position to worry about anything else!
Hi Jenny! I can totally relate to this article of yours, as I too had inculcated the practice of Yoga in my daily routine to do away with anxiety and stress.
It’s been a decade now that I am into Yoga, and the state of my physical and mental health has seen great improvements.
I would recommend Yoga to anybody who wants to experience a healthy body and mind.
I’m so glad you’ve found it so helpful!
Hi omg I’m like a major yoga fan and I made my blog just two days ago. I posted my very first yoga post today, please do check it out! Would be appreciated.
Secondly, I don’t have clinical anxiety but I do get easily stressed out and anxious when my exams are nearing or anything and I also find yoga to be of an immense help! Also I read one of your comments here about not comparing yourself with anyone AND I WROTE THE EXACT SAME THING ON MY POST!! I’m so excited haha. Love your post!
Haha we seem to be on the same wave length in regards to our feelings about yoga! So glad to hear it helps you so much as well (: xxx
I’ve recently started yoga for a similar reason and this was super helpful for motivation to continuing! 🙂
Yay I’m so glad! Hope you continue to love it xx
thank you Xx
Perfect timing… Relating a lot to everything you wrote 😉 I really need to jump back on my mat, it helped me sooooo much! Thx for sharing!
I’m thinking of starting up yoga to help with my anxiety too. X
Would highly recommend!
Any activity like this is always good; have you tried pilates? I love it for virtually the same reasons!
Love this post, definitely inspired me to take up yoga. And as a sufferer of anxiety myself it seems like it would be super useful! Thanks for sharing!x
Oh it SO is! I know and understand that it’s not for everyone and won’t work for everyone but I’d always encourage people (especially with anxiety) to at least try it!
Well I will definitely give it a go!
I do transcendental meditation twice a day. Maharishi school teaches this technique though I don’t often go to the groups. I probably prefer my spiritual practice done solo mostly. Once people organize these things it seems more about money and power.
I think it depends who’s organising them. It’s definitely not all about money but if you have a talent in a field and you want to teach people, you should get paid for that.
If it works for you don’t stop doing it. Horses for courses.
Brilliant post Jenny xx
Thank you Lisa 🙂 xx
I once tried yoga for while. It made me feel great but unfortunately I moved away and the classes around me cost the earth!
Buy some DVD’s or find YouTube videos! They can be just as good and cost a fraction of the price.
Can you recommend a good YouTube channel? Not just for me but anyone else reading?
Yoga With Adriene is brilliant
Yoga with Kassandra and yoga by Candace are also amazing.
They also have their own apps on play store or iTunes
Excellent blog and great timing for this blog Jenny cos I’m thinking of taking up Yoga and I’ve never done it before xx
Oooh yay! My only advice would be, don’t compare yourself to anyone else because the beauty of yoga is that we all go at our own pace 🙂 xxx
OK thanks jenny I’ll let you know how I get on xx