Anxiety? Stress? Yoga Counseling can help.

yoga counseling can help with anxiety and stress

Modern life has tricked us into thinking that anxiety and stress are normal. 

Life is full of moments that cause us to feel stressed and nervous. From the unexpected big stuff like pandemic, elections, and life changes to the usual stuff like speaking in front of a large group of people, starting a new school, and trying to ace that important job interview - all of these scenarios can make us fearful, resulting in sleepless nights and performance jitters.

This becomes a problem when it interferes with everyday life. Some anxiety and stress is, of course, normal. When the stress, fear, worries, and nerves get in the way of living your life. At this point, you need to intervene, it won't just go away. It could becomes a full-blown anxiety disorder.

Combining yoga with counseling can be a wonderful solution.  The work done with your licensed therapist overlaps beautifully with the mind-body benefits of yoga. Some therapists have specialized training in the overlap to provide yoga counseling.

Benefits of yoga + counseling in reducing anxiety and stress

Yoga, it turns out, pairs beautifully with counseling. Some benefits of the yoga paired with counseling:

1. Yoga builds confidence

Anxiety can result from a lack of confidence in our ability to handle negative situations, either real or theoretical, that may arise. We are not so much fearful of public speaking as we are fearful that we are somehow going to “screw up.”

Yoga is a major confidence-builder because it works to strengthen the body and mind at the same time. The practice includes body postures and breathing techniques, along with ancient meditation approaches, and combined, these can help a person feel calm, centered, and able to handle any situation that crops up in their life.

2. Yoga distracts your mind from the negative loop

What can you do when your mind seems to be stuck on an endless loop of negative and worrisome thoughts? Distract with other thoughts.

Yoga trains a person to focus their thoughts on the moment, specifically by thinking only of their rhythmic breath. As soon as the mind wanders to its typical negative thinking, the practitioner simply guides it back to the breath without anger or judgement. Feelings of calmness and acceptance naturally follow intense breath work.

3. Yoga helps you think like your inner therapist

Yoga is a wonderful compliment to therapy because, like your therapist, yoga helps you to observe how your mind works. And, also like your therapist, there is no judgement involved. Mediation is simply about paying attention to the thoughts you are having, keeping the thoughts that are helpful and releasing those that are harmful.

Yoga and meditation will also help you to train your mind to focus on the positive aspects of your life. When you surround yourself with positivity, the fear of negativity subsides.

Curious about Yoga Counseling?

Learn more about Yoga Counseling and Elaine Moss, our licensed therapist and registered yoga teacher. Schedule with Elaine for either a free 15-minute phone consult or an intake appointment.

Yoga Counseling can help reduce anxiety and stress

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