Maybe you’re going through this
so that you can help someone else.
Yes, it’s that simple. And you can prove it to yourself. We understand that everything doesn’t work for everyone, and we’re not saying it’s a cure. We’re saying it’s completely natural and it helps – significantly. And the side effects are clarity, calm, confidence and creativity. What is it?
The LOVESTRONG Practice.
1. Breathing – learn to breathe smarter through various techniques
2. Moving – find a way to move every day that you enjoy
3. Stillness – understand why even 1 minute of stillness matters
4. Contemplation – replace rumination with ONE Question!
5. Relaxation – Deep, whole body, cell to soul, relaxation any time you want.
You can incorporate all of these steps into a process that takes less than 20 minutes a day to significantly lower stress, increase courage and reduce anxiety.
The various combinations of these steps is endless and your practice is to find the ones that work for you… in the way they work best for you. I can help.
I’ve been researching ‘stress’ for over 30 years and have found multiple variations that work for many. I want to share how and why these can work for you too.
In the meantime, scroll down to check out the following helpful tips:
1. Suzanne’s personal experience through a series of Instagram posts we previously posted.
2. NPR’s excerpt from the show ‘On Being’ for a great explanation of why anxiety is necessary and fear is the catalyst.
3. One on one sessions If coming to a class seems too uncomfortable at this time, I’d be happy to work one on one. Contact me directly for pricing and available appts.
A brief recap of Suzanne’s 11 year experience with anxiety and anxiety attacks plus a mindblowing twist that I’ve discovered in the past few years.
Looking back, the anxiety was present long before the attacks, but those started when I was 20. Below I talk about some of the humorous highlights of my journey through fear and anxiety to courage, compassion and relaxation. “Professionals” told me that this was just something I would have to deal with for the rest of my life. Pause for dramatic effect……………………………..I haven’t had an anxiety attack or even the fear of one in over 21 years.
Ever had an anxiety attack? Seriously out of breath, about to pass out, chest pains, sweating, on your way to the ER only to be told it’s all in your mind? Or maybe you’ve been so anxious about something you felt slightly paralyzed with fear? Some people call them panic attacks. But it doesn’t always involve you panicking, does it? It’s been over 20 years since my last one. I won!
Actually, I learned. I’ve been studying stress and relaxation almost my entire life. I’m really good at both! I can show you how it’s possible to stop an anxiety attack, to prevent, reduce and eliminate unnecessary anxiousness. And I can explain each physiological signal, why it happens and how it’s good for you. Bottom line, I want to help. It’s not just about the yoga (but that helps too). You don’t have to have any yoga experience. This yoga will be accessible to everyone.
And please stop calling them panic attacks. You’re not chaotically out of control or unhinged. Most of the time there is no panic involved. You could be simply sitting somewhere, having lunch, heading to work, getting groceries or at the dentist (okay there might be a little panic at the dentist). But in my experience an anxiety attack was like a sneak attack. I simply started feeling ill, short of breath, dizzy, nauseous, like I was about to pass out. Sometimes they even woke me up from what I thought was a pleasant sleep! So once I learned what was happening, I figured out how to short circuit the process. To ‘reboot’ my nervous system. Over 20 years later it’s now a distant unfortunate memory, like the first time I wore nylons in middle school without shaving my legs first! (we called it Junior High back then).
I previously posted a little about my own past experiences with anxiety. (20+ years anxiety free). I posted about my hesitation to share this. I posted about my frustration with the word panic and the stigma that comes along with it. I didn’t post yet – about how I got help. If you’ve been searching for answers some of this will sound familiar to you. Have you tried any of these?
First, because we didn’t have the internet yet so I asked my Doctor. I searched bookstores. I got VHS tapes, audio cassettes and health magazines. I tried everything except maybe hypnosis. I tried exercise, jumping jacks, medication, meditation, different foods, EFT, Writing, relaxation music, visualization, acupuncture and acupressure, herbal tea, anything with lavender, counseling, classes, magnesium, martinis and mantras! Not all in that order. Then someone taught me how to breathe. I know, it seemed too simple to me also. But think about it. Your breathing directly affects your nervous system. It’s worked for so many people, what if it works for you? Breathing matters in ways you may never have realized.
(Warning: it takes consistent practice to retrain your nervous system. It’s not complicated but it takes dedication. Is it worth it to you?)
YOGA helps with one of the hardest things about struggling with anxiety. Struggling alone. Not being able to tell anyone. You think if you tell anyone that they will think you’re weak. You think that they will enter “mental illness” into your medical chart along side the various medications that they suggest you try. (Whether you try them or not, they are in your chart). You don’t tell anyone because they might think you’re overreacting or being dramatic. They don’t understand why you can’t just “stop worrying”, “let it go” or “calm down”. (Because they can). In the same way that someone with a migraine is sometimes perceived as being dramatic about a really bad headache. But if you think you’re alone, think again. Within 3 days of posting my story, 54 people contacted us about this class. Since then over 150 people have taken this class right here at Love Yoga. You’re not alone.
Anxiety is real. It might start with your mind but every anxious signal you feel is real. But it’s a signal, not a symptom! Yoga helps you change the signal. Together.
Fast Forward 2019: I attended a Breathing Clinic and studied breathing more intensely than before, where I learned specific training protocols for improving the performance of elite athletes – which I had no interest in at all. But what I also took away from that training… BLEW MY MIND about my own breathing and why I’m absolutely positive these concepts were definitely the cause of all the anxiety, panic, breathing, nervousness, I struggled with earlier in life. WHYYYYY had nobody ever mentioned this before? It has to do with Co2 reactivity and tolerance. It’s a simple function of the nervous system that can be reset and retrained. I’ve been trying to simplify this concept ever since I learned about it, so I can explain it in a way that would make it obvious to everyone that this could change everything.
I’m working on that now, but if you’re interested… message me, we’ll talk.
Excerpt by Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk,
teacher and author.
We must acknowledge our anxiety. But we must not fear. There is a great difference. See, anxiety, or anxious, being anxious, this word comes from a root that means “narrowness,” and choking, and the original anxiety is our birth anxiety. We all come into this world through this very uncomfortable process of being born, unless you happen to be a cesarean baby. It’s really a life-and-death struggle for both the mother and the child. And that is the original, the prototype, of anxiety. At that time, we do it fearlessly, because fear is the resistance against this anxiety. See? If you go with it, it brings you into birth. If you resist it, you die in the womb. Or your mother dies.
Because to deny our anxiety is another form of resistance. The fear is life destroying.
And that is why we can look back at our life, not only at our birth, but at all other spots where we got into really tight spots and suffered anxiety. Anxiety is not optional in life. It’s part of life. We come into life through anxiety. And we look at it, and remember it, and say to ourselves, we made it. We got through it. We made it. In fact, the worst anxieties and the worst tight spots in our life, often, years later, when you look back at them, reveal themselves as the beginning of something completely new, a completely new life.
And that can teach us, and that can give us courage, also, now, that we think about it, in looking forward and saying, yes, this is a tight spot. It’s about as tight spot as the world has ever been in, or at least humankind. But, if we go with it — and that will be grateful living — if we go with it, it will be a new birth. And that is trust in life. And this going with it means you look, what is the opportunity? Gratitude is as much about being present to the moment, but it’s also, to you, about seeing the opportunity in the moment. Beyond…
And that is very difficult because anxiety has a way of paralyzing us. You see? But what really paralyzes us is fear. It’s not the anxiety, it’s the fear, because it resists. The moment we give up this resistance — and so, everything hinges on this trust in life. Trust. And with this trust, with this faith, we can go into that anxiety and say, it’s terrible, it feels awful. But I trust that it is just another birth into a greater fullness.