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Can Pranayama & Mediation actually bring anxiety under control? Or ‘Fight Fire with Fire’ can have a better result?

Contrary to the most popular belief that anxiety and depression is best brought under control with Pranayama & Mediation, this concept seemed to have backfired in many of the cases I know. Making them sit quietly actually allow them dig deeper into the anxiety driven thoughts. Their wanderlust thoughts make concentration an impossible proposition. An in-depth analysis of the issue made me realize that it’s almost impossible for us, mere mortals, to sit in a spot and meditate. Our wandering thoughts, take over our being. These meandering musings are mostly negative in nature and lead to an adverse reaction to further deepening of the anxiety and depression. What seemed working wonder was physical dynamic action, where mind is compelled to be attentive and move with the action, thereby, not allowed to think on its own, the straying thoughts were then kept at bay for a while as it did not have space to get accommodated. The most practical, easiest and effective dynamic movement that involves all the aforementioned senses is Suryanamsakar. The involvement of mind, body and breath and the intensity of the practice ensures a healthy tiredness, which allows the different facets on one’s body to go into deep relaxation and subsequently Yog Nidra, which then help one go deeper into self with ‘fewer disturbing thoughts’ or ‘no thought at all’. In fact, initiating into deep breathing and pranayama becomes easy with positive result once body has reached this state of relaxation. It is of critical importance, however, that one changes the dynamics of the practice at regular intervals so that the body does not become accustomed to a repetitive rhythm. Shaking up the vigorousness is the name of the game, which will lead you down the path towards positivity and confidence.

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Shammi Gupta, founder of Shammi’s Yogalaya holds an MA in Yoga Shastra, is a certified Yogic Therapist and Naturopath, has completed an Advanced Yoga Course and holds a Diploma in Yoga Education from Mumbai University. She is a certified trainer from American College of Sports Medicine and holds an MBA in HR & MBA in Finance from The University of Akron, Ohio, USA. She conducts Health Awareness Workshops for Corporate, Yogasana Workshops for Athletes and Yoga Therapy Workshops on different medical issues for patients. Among the celebrities Shammi trains are eminent personalities from the film and television industry and corporate world.

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