Stress, fear and anxiety all tend to be interactive. The principal components of anxiety are psychologic (tension, fears, difficulty in concentration, apprehension) and somatic (tachycardia, hyperventilation, palpitation, tremor, sweating). Other organ systems, e.g. gastrointestinal, may be involved in multiple-system complaints. Fatigue and sleep disorders are common. Sympathomimetic symptoms of anxiety are both a response to a central nervous system state and a reinforcement of further anxiety. Anxiety can become self-generating, since the symptoms reinforce the reaction, causing it to become spiral.
We have met several friends, relatives and acquaintances who complain of Cervical Spondylosis. But very few know that the yoga exercises explained in the ancient texts of India, when regularly practiced have a lot of offer to those who are suffering from such joint related illnesses.
1. Deep Breathing Meditation
You can practice deep breathing for just a few minutes or for as long as an hour – listen to your body and enjoy the relaxation!
Start out sitting in a comfortable position. It could be cross-legged on the floor, like in the photo above, or you can sit in a comfortable chair or lean up against a wall to support your back. Place your thumb and pointer fingers together gently, with your palms facing up, and start out by taking a few deep breaths, taking your time on the inhale and exhale.
On the surface, the instruction taking place in the basement of Bonnie Ambrosi’s Congdon Park home is like any other yoga class.
“Breathe and smile,” Ambrosi tells Sheryl Van Scoy and Sharon Robertson as they roll their shoulders while seated in chairs. “Just a little Buddha smile. It doesn’t have to be a big, wacky grin.”
Chances are, you live a life filled with demands. You have a job that involves meeting lots of obligations and responsibilities. You may have a family that depends upon you for support. You have bills that are due like clockwork every month. There seems to be little flexibility in this life, yet you are expected to meet these tasks.