Pranayama for Anxiety and Depression

If I have a swell of emotion such as sadness, frustration or anger, my tendency is to clench and hold the breath. This is not what you want to do; but rather, allow the emotion and that energy to flow. Oftentimes, we’re taught to not show our emotions; rather tense up, push it down, and/or power through it. In my experience, this tends to harm more than heal. Something I have been working with in my own practice in these moments is to breathe and to silently say to myself, “stay open.”

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