by Michelle Jellinghaus, RYT

agitated mind crazy faceAnxiety springs from an agitated mind. The second Sutra in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (an ancient text containing a series of briefly stated yogic truths) defines yoga as “the stilling of the changing states of the mind.” All yoga practices have this mental steadiness as their goal – asana, pranayama, meditation – all of these actions ultimately result in greater mental peace and clarity.

Beginning with the breath, pranayama, provides a solid foundation for a variety of yogic practices. It is always with you and is a good gauge of your state of mind. With consistent practice, the breath can become a useful tool for accessing a quiet place within you at any time. In my practice, I have used the breath to help me manage anxiety, fear, anger, insecurity…and, it has also allowed me to find a natural beauty within; an interconnectedness with nature.

Nadi Sodhana is a pranayama practice which can be easily incorporated into your daily life, and it will take less than 10 minutes out of your day! Approach the practice with curiosity and openness. See where it takes you. Yes, you are doing it right.

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