Yoga to Decrease Anxiety
Studies suggest that Yoga reduces both stress and anxiety. In recent decades, yoga has become increasingly popular and is increasingly recommended by physicians for the treatment of anxiety. When yoga is combined with breathing practice it has been shown to be deeply relaxing. Furthermore, the regular practice of restorative yoga poses leads to greater internal awareness, which allow students to notice the first sign of anxiety and respond more quickly to alleviate the prolem.
Restorative yoga in particular is beneficial in the reduction of anxiety. It has been documented by various studies that yoga practices effectively reduce the stress response. In this respect, yoga functions as a self-soothing technique capable of reducing stress and anxiety and, in turn, increase the peacefulness of the mind and body. Evidence specifically shows a reduction in heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and a lowering of respiration rate following a yoga class.
The practice of restorative yoga helps to alleviate nervous energy that may be contributing to anxiety. Adding abdominal breathing to the restorative yoga pose can even further reduce any symptoms of anxiety. Specific breathing practices such as life-sided nostril breathing are considered to be deeply relaxing and cooling to the body. Scientific studies point to the effectiveness of this breath technique for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.