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Beth

I agree with Karen that these yoga poses and sequence are far too challenging for most people. I would not recommend them to anyone with neck issues or shoulder issues. My main point: I am in my sixties and an RYT, and would very much appreciate YJ offering sequences that start slow, build up to vigor and balance and joyful poses, and then settle back down.

As for Jeff, who asks how long it takes to enjoy the inner journey and find the peace at the core, my teachers -- and I -- suggest a daily practice. But as little as 20 minutes in the morning, and 20 minutes in the evening, consistently done, has lead me on a wonderful inner journey and to a far greater enjoyment of life. I would also suggest reading about the philosophy and psychology of yoga practice -- one of my favorite works is Stephen Cope's book, the Wisdom of Yoga. I have read it several times and continue to find new insights.

sharon

are you serious with this practice? Let's start looking a practices that are accessible to non-yogis who are looking to begin exploring yoga as a tool for anxiety. I think Viparita Karani may be the only one. As a yoga teacher who works with mental health patients... non of these are appropriate. I'm disappointed that the editors that set up the sequence aren't thinking out of the slim, trim and fit yoga box. These photos are intimidating.

sharon

are you serious with this practice? Let's start looking a practices that are accessible to non-yogis who are looking to begin exploring yoga as a tool for anxiety. I think Viparita Karani may be the only one. As a yoga teacher who works with mental health patients... non of these are appropriate. I'm disappointed that the editors that set up the sequence aren't thinking out of the slim, trim and fit yoga box. These photos are intimidating.

karen

Wow. I am shocked that yoga journal would show such terribly incorrect form in some of these poses. For crying out loud, get someone who can illustrate them correctly and safely. She's going to ruin her cervical spine.

Rebecca

I have panic disorder/anxiety pretty bad, almost to the point that it inhibits me from doing any sort of daily activity without taking medicine. I've started to look into yoga & meditation to ease this, hoping it can get me off my medication for good, and help me to learn how to get through any panic attacks through breathing. I've just started, but I've done yoga (on/off) for years so I'm hoping it works! SOO happy this article is on here, I've been looking for as many sequences as I can find!

Jeff

Yoga definitely helps me relax and overcome anxiety in the studio. I have been doing gym yoga seven years and changed that to more guided studio practice 12 weeks ago with meditation practice at home. How long might it take for the calm to affect my life outside of the studio? I know we're very individual but wonder what someone else's experience is.

therese

Yoga is sometimes the only thing that gets me through a tough patch of panic attacks. Yes Abel it can help a lot. Yoga is so much about mind and body together. If you can just let go in your practice and focus on the breathing, things begin to fade into the background. Very good article.

Lorrie

I can definitely relate! I have suffered with anxiety disorder for over 20 years. It is something that constantly creeps up on you in the most random and inopportune times. I have also experienced IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) due to anxiety. I have dabbled in yoga here and there for years, but not since a friend passed away in December did I realize how much I appreciate the practice and how it can calm and soothe me. I am much more able now to face the obstacles ahead and know that I have strength enough to get me through them. Not only have I not had a panic attack in weeks, but I have not had an issue with IBS since December. I'm not saying its a cure-all, but it has given me so much hope. Thank you for printing this article! One of the things our personality types needs most sometimes is to know that we are not alone!

abel aguirre

i can identify with Kiri for i suffer every day from post traumatic stress disorder . as a Vietnam and a Cambodian veteran. this disability has developed a constant downward spiral with suicidal and homicidal tendencies waking up in V.A. hospitals with many types of prescription medications and psychiatric lock downs. can yoga help? antares1952@yahoo.com

Kieran

Inspiring story.

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