Yoga Therapy for Anxiety
Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension or fear. The source of this uneasiness is not always known or recognized, which can add to the distress one feels.
Anxiety is often accompanied by physical symptoms, including twitching or trembling, muscle tension, headaches, dry mouth and abdominal pain (especially in children). Other symptoms that can accompany anxiety include dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing, fatigue, sexual problems, decreased concentration and sleeping difficulties.
Anxiety disorders are categorized as a group of psychiatric conditions that involve excessive anxiety. They include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), PTSD, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia. More than 20 million Americans will suffer one of these during his or her lifetime.
(Source: B. Carey, "Extinguishing the Fear at the Roots of Anxiety", NY Times, July 11, 2008)
Over the past decade, researchers have started to study alternative methods to alleviate symptoms in patients suffering from anxiety disorders. In 2004, a review was completed of research evidence on the effectiveness of yoga for the treatment of anxiety and anxiety disorders. Overall, positive results were reported, most especially observed in obsessive compulsive disorder patients. More research is being conducted to study the effectiveness of yoga therapy in specific forms of anxiety disorders.
(Source: Kirkwood G, et al. "Yoga for Anxiety: A Systematic Review of the Research," British Journal of Sports Medicine (Dec. 2005): Vol. 39, No. 12, pp. 884–9.)
At Clarity Wellness and Yoga Therapy, we offer Yoga Therapy for Anxiety as a gentle, yet effective systematic approach to help alleviate the symptoms and better understand the underlying root causes of anxiety for each individual. For more information, please contact us.