Step 2: TAKE A NEGATIVE APPROACH
This is the 2nd in a series of video blog posts that are designed to help you better understand the various yoga programs on our site. This video focuses on our program that helps people who are experiencing chronic stress, anxiety and depression.
In this video, David talks about what it means to take a negative approach when working with chronic stress, anxiety and depression. You could say that it translates into being able to watch and let go. As he explained in last week's video blog post, working with anxiety and depression requires constant mindfulness, a feeling of being awake and attentive. That must be your way of being when taking a negative approach as well - watching, hearing and feeling.
When you are mindful, you can see everything that distracts you from being present, as well as all of the things that you are unknowingly putting effort into. For example, you will automatically notice the busyness of your mind. You will notice the tension in your body. And, you will begin to realize that if you watch and remain unattached to the busy mind and the unnecessary tension, the mind will slow down and the body will relax.
Resistance strengthens the busy mind and the tense body. Pushing things away makes them stronger. Spending more time feeling it will soften it, if you remain unattached and simply observe without reacting. So the negative approach is pure mindfulness that allows you to observe and let go of all of the things that you don't need.