Here is another lovely testimonial from one of our newest regular students, on how yoga is helping her to deal with anxiety and sleep issues.
Sleep has always come naturally to me. Having been used to sleeping 7-8 hours a night, I was thrown off course in a major way when anxiety interrupted my sleep six months ago. Back in May, I had surgery and was nervous and worried for two weeks leading up to it, so nervous that I lost many nights of sleep. My anxiety around sleep kicked in after the surgery, as well, and has been a challenge ever since. Long story short, I become anxious over not sleeping and then anxious over being anxious about not sleeping! I clearly didn’t have a sleep problem – I had an anxiety problem.
I’ve lived within a mile of the Atma Center all these years, but have not ever taken advantage of it, until anxiety came knocking on my door. For the last six weeks, I have been taking yoga classes once and often twice a day. There have been days when I’ve walked into class with my heart palpitating, my stomach clenching, and my skin crawling from anxiety. There hasn’t been a day when, after class, I have not walked out with a sense of peace and calm. It is truly amazing to observe my mind and body succumb to the guidance from each instructor. Whether I’m taking a Foundation A class, a Mixed Level class, or a Yoga for Anxiety class, I leave feeling more serene and centered.
Although this experience with anxiety over sleeping has been one of the biggest challenges of my life, the blessing that has come from it is that I found yoga at the Atma Center.
- Kathy D.