Pranayama for Anxiety, Part I

Beginner I

The busy mind that often accompanies chronic anxiety can make it difficult to meditate or calm your nervous system. In this short class, David shows you how you can use gentle pranayama to more effectively transition into a meditation practice.

This class is part of David's Anxiety Series. You can find Part I here: How Does The Energy In Your Body Teach You About Your Chronic Anxiety?



Existing Comments

June 19, 2021

Hi David- this is wonderful, thanks for doing this series. It is definitely helping to decrease my own stigma of anxiety.

Question- when we progress into faster breathes- two seconds and then one second, is it normal to experience increased anxiety and heaviness? If so- is the idea that this energy will be released when we return to normal breath? Thank you!

Fiji McAlpine
June 22, 2021

Pranayama, or breathing exercises, are intended to clear out blockages in our subtle body system. These practices ask us to harness the power of intention breathing, breath is our closest link to life, so it's not surprising that breath constraint can cause stress on the body and brain. The more you practice to more you learn to move to and through that line of anxiety with greater ease. There is also a great deal of subconcious release that can take place with breath work, which may lead to a heavy feeling at the start and a lightness later on.

June 14, 2021

Short sweet and easily replicated just about anywhere. I'm taking this one with me. Thank you.