Anti-Anxiety Breath

Yoga Postures with Sarah Swindlehurst – The Yogic Prescription

Anti-Anxiety Breath ~

1) Start by sitting in a position where the spine can remain comfortably upright.

2) Focus inwards on your breathing – in and out through the nose.

3) Inhale slowly with control and then exhale as slowly as you possibly can without straining.

4) After the exhale hold the breath out for two to three counts.

5) Inhale again slowly through the nose, then exhale as slowly as possible and then hold the breath out.

6) Continue repeating this pattern for up to 10 rounds.

 

Sally Writes below:

Use Yoga to Control Your Stress

Most of us hope that our later years will bring with them feelings of fulfilment and relaxation. But this time of our lives can also bring significant challenges for us too. As we get older many of us have to deal with illness, disability and the devastating loss of friends and family. It can also be hard to adapt to our new life after retirement. It’s easy to see how these worries can lead to feelings of unhappiness, anxiety and stress.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can take control of your stress before it takes over you. Yoga is a great way to help reduce stress and lower your blood pressure and heart rate. For older people who may struggle with pain, arthritis and other physical problems, a daily yoga practice can have huge benefits. These include:

  • Improved balance and stability.
  • Improved flexibility and joint health.
  • Improved breathing.
  • Reduced blood pressure.
  • Encourages mindfulness.

Stress can have devastating effects on your health. But by learning how to reduce stress and taking up healthy activities like yoga, you can look forward to a happy and healthy retirement.