4 Tools to Manage Anxiety

October 9, 2013    BY Rolf Sovik

Yoga gives us four powerful tools for managing anxiety. Since anxiety constricts and disrupts our breathing, the first tool is to practice relaxed breathing. The second is a regular relaxation practice. Using a mantra—the third tool—gives the mind a resting place and brings joy, comfort, and strength to our inner life. Finally, Rolf describes a specific contemplation practice that helps us see fear as a passing phenomenon that we can work with and begin to control.

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Rolf Sovik
President and Spiritual Director of the Himalayan Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice, Rolf Sovik has studied yoga in the United States, India, and Nepal. He holds degrees in philosophy, music, Eastern studies, and clinical psychology. Former Co-Director of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo, NY he began his practice of yoga in 1972, and was initiated as a pandit in the Himalayan tradition in 1987. He is the author of Moving Inward, co-author of the award-winning Yoga:... Read more>>