Thank you Chista, for I have a friend who gets anxiety attacks almost everyday but guess what only recently a blood test revealed a thyroid problem.
Before you decide to use anxiety as a tool for personal transformation, be very aware that there are real -- sometimes dangerous -- physical causes for severe/sudden onset symptoms. MVP(mitral valve prolapse), thyroid disorders, and hormonal imbalance are among them. Once you've ruled these out, you can certainly make use of meditation, asanas, and various grounding techniques to help you cope.
I reccommend Virasana. Sit as high as you like, put a blanket down to protect your knees, and root your ischials (sitting bones) deep into the earth while extending the spine upward. This increases apana. Slow even inhalation and exhalation, as in viloma pranayama, helps lower anxiety.
This can be done in a chair at a desk too.
And finally, if a couple can prepare to agree to disagree in this way for 5 minutes before what is anticipated to be a difficult conversation, each will be centered in their selves, yet connected through the breathing. Namaste.
Also the concept of living in the moment: "nowhere to go, nothing to do" was very helpful.
If we really want to find a way to alleviate anxiety through yoga, then we have to learn how to work with anxiety as an aspect of our process of self-transformation. By "alleviate" I mean, "depotentiating the debilitating effects of anxiety" such that the experience of anxiety itself becomes an experience through which we can transform ourselves. Transformation is part of what Yoga is about, right?
The poses are good for working with the symptoms of anxiety for sure. They give you a space, or a container, in which you can actively work with the energy of those symptoms: tightness of breath, increase in blood pressure or heart rate, feelings of fear, etc. But the symptoms themselves are challenging us to look deeper within.
As you work with the symptoms of anxiety, you can actually get at what is really behind them – Sally Kempton has written many articles that describe ways to get the root of our feelings. I don't mean just looking for childhood or other trauma, but rather I mean finding anxiety’s meaning in our lives and realizing that anxiety can also serve a spiritual purpose.
So, true to the nature of being a Seeker, let us ask ourselves a question ... "How can we cultivate a yogic perspective of anxiety?" To cultivate a yogic perspective of anxiety, we have to accept anxiety as both a divine Teacher and an Ally.
Why is the headstand not recommended for married people (R.C Gupta) ?
I'm also a big fan of the yoga lift. My students love it as well. Headstand without the chance of a neck injury is grand. Yoga lift enables me to do some pretty challenging inverted ab work as well.
It is believed that the posture of "Headstand" is not recommended for married persons.
I love mine. It's callled a yoga lift. I go mine as a birthday gift ordered from gaiam. A friend of mine bought one at overstock.com.
You can find the yoga bench for inversions online at amazon.com. I use it and it works great!