Anxiety Focus All Level Class – Beginner Suitable

Flametree has an Anxiety Special Focus yoga class suitable for all levels of students. Here’s an outline of what it covers, why we provide the class, and what you can get from it.

Almost all of us have had feelings of anxiety at some point in our lives. It would be fair to say that all of us will experience some form of anxiety in our lives. Some of us however experience anxiety frequently and with such intensity that it seriously undermines our health, and impacts on our ability to lead a normal life.

When anxiety spirals out of control it becomes much more than feelings of nervousness, butterflies in the stomach, a dry mouth or a sudden headache. The physical symptoms can be so acute and / or chronic that they become debilitating and affect dramatically our quality of life.

The sort of symptoms can include obsessive thinking, insomnia, migraines, severe intestinal problems, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, trembling, hot flushes, muscular tension, backache, heart palpitations, and a tight feeling in the chest.

Yoga can help you manage the physical symptoms associated with anxiety. The more you practise the postures (asanas), the more you will come to appreciate how working with your physical body allows you to understand the mental and emotional aspects of yourself.

Yoga can help you focus your mind inward and allow you to look and reflect on what thoughts or patterns of behaviour may be triggering your anxiety.

One of the key yoga techniques that help manage anxiety is learning how to focus on your breath. In this class you will be helped to become aware of the relationship among body, breath and mind. Perhaps nowhere is the connection between the mind and the breath more obvious than during an anxiety attack.

When anxious the breath is affected. It becomes quick, choppy, rigid, constricted; and may even stop for a short period of time. When you are feeling calm the breath is smooth and rhythmic.

The yoga poses that you will practise in this class will help you improve both your inhalation and exhalation. Some people when anxious or suffering from anxiety driven depression feel they are unable to take a full breath.

Often when anxious, people tend to constrict the muscles around the diaphragm, and consequently breathe just into the upper chest area. This class with help you open the chest area and also unlock tension in the abdominal area of your body.

Beyond learning how to relax your abdominal area and watch your breath, this class will help you become aware of your thought patterns. By watching thoughts as they unfold, its possible to see what thoughts trigger an attack.

Generally the more yoga you practise yoga, the more you come to understand yourself and see your habits and thoughts. A yoga practice can provide a sense of hope because you come to feel you can put in place practices that can change your situation.

This class is suitable for all levels of yoga students, both beginner and non-beginners. Like all Flametree classes, the actual level of postures will be adjusted depending on who is actually in the class on the day. In some cases, alternatives will be given to particular students or groups of students, depending on what will work best for them at the time.