3 Best Pranayama for Anxiety According to Dr. Nisha Manikantan
Dr. Nisha Manikantan is an Ayurvedic Doctor expert, wellness and lifestyle advisor. She is the Chief Consultant for the Cancer and Diabetes Care Program at the Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science and Research. In the video below, she explains the 3 best pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) for dealing with anxiety.
Source: The Art of Living Institute
How it works
“ Pranayama helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps regulate states of fight or flight that induce anxiety.”
By bringing awareness and controlling the breath, Pranayama helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps regulate states of fight or flight that induce anxiety.
A team of Brazilian researches have explored the effects of Bhastrika Pranayama (minute 17:42 of video) and found significant positive effects on the group that practiced this breathing technique. They found decreased levels of anxiety amongst participants, and activation in the areas of the brain related to emotional regulation.
Best Pranayama for Anxiety
Dr. Manikantan suggests these 3 breathing techniques to control anxiety (note that belly breathing is done in 2 positions):
5:32 Belly breathing in sitting pose
9:40 Belly breathing lying down on the back
13:17 Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhan Pranayama)
17:42 Bhastrika Pranayama
Hope you give these a try! Please, let me know in the comments if they helped you in any way.
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