ANXIETY We all experience feelings of anxiety from time to time. This is a normal part of the human condition. However, anxiety also encompasses a wide variety of more serious conditions such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that can interfere with daily activities and affect one’s health. One of the best ways to counter anxiety and calm the nervous system is to work with your breath.


A Yoga Solution to Help Calm the Nerves

All postures and exercises are best done on an empty stomach and in loose comfortable clothing.

• Play soft music if that helps you relax.

• Set a timer so you don't have to check the time.

• If you can, practice Crocodile Pose 2 times a day – first thing in the morning and again before bedtime. Consistency will help you build healthy habits!

Anxiety

Crocodile Pose
Anxiety Yoga Solutions
To come into the pose - Lie on your stomach with your legs comfortably apart and toes pointed out or in. Fold your arms in front of your body, resting your hands on your upper arms OR simply fold your arms and rest your forehead on the backs of your hands – whichever feels better. Position the arms so that the chest is lifted comfortably off the floor. Begin to watch the natural flow of your breath. When you are feeling stressed and anxious you will tend to breath into your upper chest. As you relax for 10 minutes in Crocodile Pose you will begin to feel the breath moving into the ribs and belly. As you inhale feel your belly press into the floor. As you exhale feel your belly contract.

Anxiety Yoga Solutions To come out of the pose – Place your hands under your shoulders and press up to your hands and knees. Spread your knees wide and let your toes touch. As you exhale press your body back and rest your buttocks as close to the heels as possible in Child’s Pose with Wide Knees. Feel a nice stretch all the way through your arms hands and fingers. Rest here for a moment or two.


Anxiety Yoga Solutions

Option for comfort and ease in Child's Pose with Wide Knees

To come into the modified pose -– Sit in a chair with both feet on the floor. Rest your upper body by folding your arms on a table. Rest your hands on your upper arms OR simply fold your arms and rest your forehead on the backs of your hands – whichever feels better. Relax for 10 minutes and watch your breath flow in and out. .

To come out of the modified pose -– Sit straight, inhale and stretch your body in any way that your body wants to stretch.