In my previous post, I talked about how breath can help reduce the stress and anxiety that we experience after baby arrives. In this post, I will talk a little bit further about the underlying energy of anxiety. I will also offer a more specific practice that can help to address stress relief and also anxiety.
Anxiety in the body not only causes the mind to feel scattered but can also lead to issues with sleep and tension in the body, particularly around the neck, shoulders and jaw. For these physical symptoms, I have specific yoga videos that will help you release neck and shoulder tension, but creating a sense of calm and relaxation can be just as important as stretching the body with practices like yoga. And addressing anxiety can help to you also address some of these common issues for postpartum mamas.
One of my teachers said that the underlying cause of a great deal of stress and in particular anxiety, is fear. Not only is the body on overdrive when we are stressed, but we are also experiencing an underlying emotion of fear. As a result we need to simultaneously bolster the energy and relax our nervous system. This may seem paradoxical but it’s akin to giving ourselves courage and at the same time giving ourselves peace. Sound good, right?
Yoga has so many benefits for women during all parts of the perinatal period. Ready to bolster your energy and relieve stress? Here’s a breath practice that can help you do both at the same time:
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