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Yoga as a Natural Solution for Managing Anxiety

by Nancy Sinton


Is anxiety interfering with your daily life? Do you ever feel any of these symptoms?


Emotions of overwhelming fear or worry

Compulsive and repetitive thoughts

Pressure or a sense of being out of control

Trouble focusing your attention and concentration

Shortness of breath, racing heart, nausea, or tight neck and shoulder muscles

Fatigue and lack of motivation for activities you once enjoyed

Difficulty with relationships in social or professional settings

Creating and managing priorities


These are symptoms of anxiety, and they can wreak havoc on everyday life. But you don’t have to live with the effects of anxiety on a permanent basis anymore.


When Anxiety Is Not Normal

It’s common to experience uncertainty to some extent, like worrying about job interviews, tests, deadlines or finances. However, it’s not normal to suffer with constant or recurring anxiety. Do you find yourself unable to turn off the racing thoughts associated with anxiety, leading to lack of sleep, exhaustion or lack of motivation?

Often, these issues result in further troubles with focus and concentration in work, school, home and other activities. Sometimes the rapid breathing associated with anxiety can make it seem like you cannot breathe. Your heart is racing, and a feeling of panic or confusion can overtake you.  There is no shame in admitting you experience anxiety. In fact, this is a common problem. Anxiety disorders affect nearly one in five American adults each year. But change is possible and can occur quicker than you think. You can take control of how you feel.


The Positive News

Most anxiety disorders can improve with talk therapy, medications or complementary therapies like yoga. Since the 1970’s, numerous research studies have shown the efficacy of yoga, meditation and other stress reduction techniques as treatments for anxiety. Through the use of movement, breathing practices, relaxation and meditation, you can improve the body’s ability to respond to stress and anxiety in a positive manner.


Yoga as a Natural and Proven Approach

For many people, a group yoga class can help manage feelings of anxiety. However, for others, the thought of a group class is overwhelming, or some might experience a health issues that require individual attention. Yoga therapy is an individualized approach to yoga for anxiety and other health concerns.

Nancy Sinton, a yoga therapist, combines a variety of yoga and mindfulness techniques to work with clients one-on-one or in small groups as a natural approach to conquer anxiety. Both research and experience have proven that yoga breathing practices are particularly effective for slowing down the racing thoughts associated with anxiety and helping to regulate the autonomic nervous system. Sinton’s offerings include private sessions, an eight-week course titled “Yoga Therapy for the Mind,” an online course titled “How to Manage Anxiety Using Yoga Breathing Practices,” and other workshops. 

If you are interested in learning more, an ideal place to start is the upcoming course “Yoga Techniques to Manage Anxiety Naturally.”  This experiential workshop will be held at Four Pillars Wellness Center on November 15, 6:45­–8:15 p.m. The cost to attend is $20 which include gentle movements, yoga breathing practices, relaxation and meditation.   


Nancy Sinton, C-IAYT, E-RYT500, MBA, is an internationally trained and certified yoga therapist, yoga teacher and founder of Breathlink Yoga Therapy. Her yoga therapy services are offered at Four Pillars, located at 8209 Natures Way, Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch. For more information, call 941-373-3955, email, or visit and



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