A Simple Practice to Relieve Anxiety

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At the start of the week (or at any point for that matter) we may be facing increased stress and may be descending into our flight and fight mode. If unchecked, many of us experience anxiety. We can tell if we are in this mode by our breath. It becomes shallow and more rapid. Our shoulders become tense. Our fingertips and toes get cold.

Often getting ourselves back into a sense of connection and trust feels impossible when the horse of our minds is running unbridled and at a dangerous pace. When we try to think ourselves back to ease, we may often experience greater tension and more dis-ease. It may seem we are trapped in an ever-increasing cycle. Panic may set in. We sometimes forget that the way back to our innate sense of connection is through the body and in particular–our breath.

Take a look at this short practice. Let me know if it is useful. If it is, don’t forget that we meet every Monday and Thursday night from 7-8:15 PM for an extended practice meant to invite us home to ourselves. Classes are free.

By Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez teaches English at Miami Dade College and yoga and wellness in the community through Miami Firm Body, the company Maribel (his wife) and he co-founded. He works with words, movement, and the body. His calling is to invite others to join him in the joy of searching within and finding the strength and courage to walk toward wholeness. Carlos is a spell caster, an educational shaman whose core mission is to transform grief into a source of possible beauty, vulnerability into strength, fear into wonder.

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