Learn How to Live with Anxiety


#24

Thanks @LloydS and @bette.bukrey for sharing.

This is hard, no doubt about it. Keep in mind that things will shift when you open up and feel what you’re experiencing. The hard part is that when you do that, it feels like you’re making it worse. But you’re not. If you feel your body openly, without judgment, throughout the day, after some time you will notice something has shifted. It may be small or big, it may take a week or a month, but the point is that things are shifting. You just need to trust that what you’re feeling is ok and that you can embrace it and let it go.

The other challenge is that it frequently feels like what you’re doing is not helping, since the pain doesn’t seem to go away and it’s overwhelming most of the day. We simply need to be ok with the fact that can take time. We have all developed patterns that are difficult to shift out of, and for you and I that pattern has likely involved pushing away the pain, disliking it and judging ourselves for it. We need to stop doing that, completely. However, when we do, the momentum that we have built up, the momentum that is prolonging our anxiety, depression and inner pain, needs time to slow down and change. It’s just the reality of where we are at.


#25

Thanks for responding and your concern. I will keep putting the time. Bette


#26

Thank you so much for your reply and for the course. As I said, I’m doing much of it again. The pranayama sessions are particularly helpful I find.
Is there a follow up course or something you would recommend to keep up the momentum?


#27

You’re welcome!

The best thing you can do is figure out what works well for you, what you need to do to avoid shifting into the default state of mind that feeds the anxiety. Practice pranayama, do yoga, remain aware of how you are conditioned in your life and let go of the tension and worry that you can create throughout the day.

If you would like more guidance, you could try one of our programs, such as Beginner Yoga for Strength and Flexibility. It’s a 30-Day program with 3 classes per week, so it’s manageable and it’s designed to encourage relaxation and keep your energy levels well balanced.

Take care,

David


#28

Yes today did class 8 or9. Feel the ocean waves and not so much numb and tingling and restless. Still hard to follow. Going back and forth. Anyway to get all classes together? get mixed up trying to get back to 1st part and sometimes skip 2ndm


#29

I see how I am conditioned to always be of service and deny myself. Caring for husband with end stage kidney disease I always think of him first. How do be of service without denying yourself? Thanks


#30

It’s great to see that and to honor your own needs. It’s kind of like putting the life jacket on yourself first - you need to be there to support them and the best way to do that is to make sure that you are able to take care of yourself.


#31

Just did class 18. Is anyone Else still doing classes? I find hard to follow. Bodily pain and tingling cover up emotions maybe? When Jennifer says to feel both emotions, I just seem to think how my body still aches and not sure what she means? This comment is in her 5 minute meditation on day 18 or 19 Thanks


#32

I just posted. It was class 17 on emotions. Sorry


#33

Hi Bette. It sounds like you’re struggling with the pain and discomfort and tingling in your body. And you’re right, they can cover up emotions, absolutely. Try to think of the pain and discomfort as your body trying to get your attention, to encourage you to pay attention to those sensations. Try to feel them and stay with them without judging or reacting. You will realize (you may have already) that when you open up and feel sensation in your body, it is always changing. The more you can relax into it, the more the sensations are able to move through you. It becomes a constant process of letting go. And, you may feel pain for days, weeks, months… what’s important is that you stay open and aware of it, even it hurts. Remind yourself, ‘this too will pass’.


#34

Thanks David Will stay with program. Bette


#35

Joust finished 21 days. How do you keep motivated? What classes can I do. Your website is overwhelming. What would be something simple to try?


#36

Is anyone still doing the 21 days?


#37

Hi Bette. Go to our yoga classes page and under the style drop down choose yoga for anxiety. It will bring up a lot of classes that are suitable for you.