Last updated on December 2, 2019by
Did you know that Yoga helps for Anxiety?
Yup, among many of its benefits, practicing Yoga will absolutely help to soothe not only your anxiety but many other ailments as well.
The other day, AnxietyPanda was approached by InquisitivePanda who wanted to know if Yoga helps for Anxiety.
AnxietyPanda was enthusiastically explaining the benefits of Yoga and how it will help to ease Anxiety when ConfrontationalPanda came rustling through the bamboo bushes and overheard the discussion.
ConfrontationalPanda laughed at AnxietyPanda, stating that there is no way that a mere practice such as Yoga could possibly help for a psychological disorder.
Instead of becoming offended, AnxietyPanda went on a mission to raise concrete facts in order to prove to ConfrontationalPanda that Yoga helps for Anxiety.
“Yoga helps for Anxiety? Are you kidding me?”
These were the words ConfrontationalPanda said before he burst out laughing hysterically at AnxietyPanda.
AnxietyPanda felt her cheeks turning red and could feel the adrenaline pumping as she felt both embarrassment and irritation towards ConfrontationalPanda at the same time.
“How rude,” she thought to herself.
At that very moment, AnxietyPanda decided to ignore the ignorance of ConfrontationalPanda.
Instead, she went out to uncover proof that would show beyond any doubt that yoga does, absolutely, help for Anxiety.
AnxietyPanda was positive that once she could produce said proof, that ConfrontationalPanda will end his chuckling and mocking of the idea.
Here’s what she came up with:
First Things First – What’s Yoga?
Yoga developed in ancient India, from about 3300-500 BCE.
By 500 CE, philosophical schools of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism were emerging, producing a coherent and philosophical system of Yoga.
It was first introduced to Western societies in the mid-19th century and is now a favored form of exercise and relaxation in hundreds of homes throughout western civilization.
The term “Yoga” can mean one of the following, depending on how you use the word, Taken from Wikipedia, Yoga can mean:
– A disciplined method for achieving a goal;
– Techniques to control body and mind;
– The name of a school, system, or philosophy;
– The goal of Yoga practice.
One of the root principles of Yoga, as illustrated in various Hindi, Buddhist, and Jain texts, is that Yoga is:
“A meditative means of discovering dysfunctional perception and cognition, as well as overcoming it for release from suffering, inner peace, and salvation.”
The above statement brings a compelling piece of evidence to the table.
AnxietyPanda will present this fact as the first piece of evidence to ConfrontationalPanda.
But, wait, it gets better!
The Benefits of Yoga and How They Relate to Anxiety
Next, AnxietyPanda takes a closer look at some of the benefits Yoga offers.
AnxietyPanda well knows that there are many non-exercise related aspects of Yoga, like breathing and meditation, that definitely helps to ease the symptoms of anxiety and stress.
She knows for certain that she’ll be able to identify another crucial piece of evidence here.
* These are only a few of a multifold of benefits she came across.
–> Reduces muscle tension and inflammation
–> Improves muscle tone, strength, and flexibility
–> Relieves stress and promotes relaxation
–> Promotes mental calmness
–> Increases body awareness and balance
–> Improves concentration and attention spans
Two of these peaked AnxietyPanda’s interests: “Relieves stress and promotes relaxation,”, and “Promotes mental calmness”.
Part of the teachings of Yoga includes learning breathing techniques and meditation.
Both these tools are equally valuable in coping with stress and anxiety.
Because it is also a form of exercise, the body releases more endorphins and dopamine, ultimately making you feel wonderful, happier, and more relaxed.
Focusing on your body movements while applying breathing techniques, will set your body and mind in a state of calmness. You will further find it easy to “shut down” your thoughts and clear your mind.
And just like that AnxietyPanda has her second piece of evidence ready.
Excitement is starting to build up in her.
Surely, ConfrontationalPanda will come to his senses and see how beneficial Yoga is for Anxiety.
The evidence, so far, is concrete!
AnxietyPanda feels that perhaps one more piece of evidence will seal and close the deal, no question.
Yoga Philosophy – The Secret to Happiness and Health
The Yoga philosophy of the Hindu religion consists of 8 limbs also known as Ashtanga.
- Yama – Your attitude towards the environment.
- Niyama – Your attitude towards yourself.
- Asana – The physical postures you do during Yoga exercise.
- Pranayama – Breathing techniques.
- Pratyahara – Detaching from the external world and drawing attention inward.
- Dharana – The practice of concentration.
- Dhyana – The practice of meditation.
- Samadhi – Final state of ecstasy and self-awareness, and being at one with the universe. Also, described as enlightenment.
These benefits are recorded in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
The collection states that the first 5 limbs will provide physical benefits such as strength, beauty, and toughness.
The last 3 limbs, leads to psychological benefits such as enhanced perceptiveness, mastery of the ego, and deeper understanding and love for self.
There you go!
AnxietyPanda will commission ConfrontationalPanda to read the Yoga Sutras as the third and final piece of evidence for her argument. It can only be good for him. 😉
The Closing Argument – Who won?
After gathering all the evidence, AnxietyPanda ran as fast as her furry body could carry her to present them to ConfrontationalPanda. She was sure that she could now convince him that Yoga helps for Anxiety.
ConfrontationalPanda was still laughing and teasing AnxietyPanda about her theories.
The laughter subsided bit by bit as AnxietyPanda produced the 3 pieces of evidence to him.
After containing himself a bit, and having examined all the evidence as presented by AnxietyPanda, ConfrontationalPanda took a deep breath and opened his mouth to say something…
What do you think happened next? Who won the dispute?
Is ConfrontationalPanda about to apologize, or is he ready for yet another strike?
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