Anxiety disorders are ubiquitous across the globe. A recent study found the current global prevalence for anxiety disorders to be 7.3% of the world’s population – that means 1 in 14 at any given time, and 1 in 9 during any given year will experience an anxiety disorder (Baxter 2013). Anxiety, which is distinct from fear, was clinically defined in a 2009 study as a “future-oriented mood state associated with preparation for possible, upcoming negative events” and presents as symptoms of worry, avoidance, and muscle tension. (Craske et al 2009; emphasis mine). The diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is dichotomous, which means that in order for an anxiety disorder to be diagnosed one must meet a certain criteria; therefore, if you don’t meet the criteria, you don’t have the disorder. That means a person who is assessed as just under that threshold, presenting with 3 out of the 4 required symptoms, will not be considered as having a disorder even though they may be significantly impaired by anxiety. In reality, people experience symptoms on a continuum. It’s important to note that in some countries, especially in the United States and sometimes in Canada, a diagnosis is often required in order for treatment to be given and covered by insurance companies. Also, when attempting to determine the rate of prevalence, studies only include data for clinically diagnosed disorders. The bottom line is that anxiety, with or without diagnosis, may have a much higher prevalence than is reported, and many people who experience anxiety might not be getting treatment.
Consider again the main features of anxiety: Subjective distress brought about by worry over future-oriented events. In less clinical terms, anxiety is brought about when we aren’t present in the moment. I myself have come to realize that, like many others, I am prone to anxiety…CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING
**Please note that REBEL YOGA has hit a snag with zoning and construction issues, and is forced to postpone their opening. This is disappointing news and also means my SEVEN ROADMAPS: CHAKRA YOGA IMMERSION needs to be moved to a new venue. We are hoping that Rebel will find a new home sooner than later, and when the time is right I’ll be happy to partner up with them again. Stay tuned for updates. xo Shivani
As we find ourselves on the cusp between Winter Solstice and a new moon on New
Years Eve, it feels like a potent time for renewal. Maybe it’s just me, but things have
been a bit topsy turvy lately – it’s almost like I can feel the pull of the moon, coaxing
me to ready myself for big changes and newness on the horizon. And how do I ready
myself for change? Over time and with the help of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, I’m
learning to stay present with the edginess of uncertainty. What I often find is that my
body has the answers long before there’s a clear picture in my mind, and time and time
again this work reminds me to slow down and listen to what my body is telling me.
Times of life transition always feel like rich opportunities to embrace the metaphors
embedded within the work of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy: the mythical phoenix bird,
of course; and also the birth/creation, life/maintenance, and death/completion cycles of
Om, which are represented by the triune of Hindu deities Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva,
respectively. Read more »
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My Yoga Online asked me how I create my class sequences, what inspires me,
how my teaching changes over time, and what my own practice looks like. Enjoy! xo
The Body’s Wisdom: Learning to Listen with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
By Shivani Wells
As a practitioner of yoga vedanta for over a decade I have always been taught that I am not my body, and although I still believe this to be true, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy has helped me discover that my body is wise beyond measure and is my greatest tool for self-discovery. Phoenix Rising is based in the belief that present moment experience is grounded in the felt-sense of the moment, and that the body is a resource for harnessing mindfulness, presence, and awareness – all skills required in the process of growth, empowerment, and healing. We also understand traumas, memories, emotions, and beliefs as physiological experiences, stored not only in the thinking mind, but in the tissues of our physical being. And it is through this work that I’ve come to believe that no part of our human experience can be denied if we want to fully heal; the body can no longer be the elephant in the room while we talk about our feelings. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy acknowledges the interconnectedness of body, mind, emotions, and spirit, and perhaps most importantly, champions the client’s own inner knowing.
One of the reasons why a holistic approach, like Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, is so important is because trauma effects us holistically, not only on the level of spirit and emotions, but also the brain where it can cause neuroanatomical changes such as decreased hippocampus volume, and the body where it effects the functioning of the nervous, endocrine, immune and digestive systems. A second reason is because trauma is universal: it touches each and every one of us to various degrees, leaving behind it a myriad of symptoms that Dr. Janina Fischer calls, “the legacy of trauma” such as depression, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, substance abuse, numbness, hypervigilance, insomnia, loss of interest, and difficulty concentrating. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING ON THE PHOENIX RISING YOGA THERAPY WEBSITE.