Befriend your anxiety with this yin yoga sequenceNov 09, 2022
What does it mean to befriend our anxiety? I think it's natural to want anxiety to go away, right?
However - the only way to heal anxiety is to feel it. To feel something, or relate to something, you have to have a friendly attitude toward it.
No more calling it "bad" or "annoying" or thinking there's something wrong with you for being anxious.
That would be treating anxiety like an enemy.
Befriending anxiety means full acceptance that we feel shaky and uncomfortable sometimes. It means giving ourselves permission to be human - since all humans experience anxiety sometimes.
And don't worry - befriending your anxiety doesn't mean letting it run your life.
I promise that if you do the practices I suggest - your anxiety will GO DOWN - not get worse.
Here's what I know:
When we take time to be still and pay attention to our body, most of us notice that there's an underlying nervousness or jittery-ness.
Anxiety is a feeling. Anxiety is an emotion that you FEEL in your body.
So befriending it will mean welcoming an array of unpleasant sensations.
This is a series of relatively gentle yin yoga postures that will help in accepting your anxiety:
1. Heart bench
2. Reclined Butterfly on a Bolster
3. The Vagus Nerve Reset
4. Caterpillar Pose
5. Reclined Twist
There's a full 1-hour video with this sequence, available to watch anytime in my Anxiety Support Group. You can join for just $89/month and get access to all the recordings plus a weekly livestreaming ZOOM class every Thursday night at 8pm.
Feel free to contact me here if you have any questions!
If you're looking for some instruction about how to relax your tongue during meditation, check out my free guided meditations! There's a 10-minute "Relax the Tongue" practice in there that I think you'll love.
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