Relief For Panic Attacks & Anxiety
This 8 week session is something
that means a great deal to me personally as
I am a former panic attack sufferer myself. It's been well over a
decade since I had a panic attack and I would be honoured to share my
extensive research and experience on the subject with you. We begin each class with a 15 minute lecture
covering a multitude of topics and coping techniques that help relieve
anxiety and panic attacks. We then move on to a 45 minute
beginner-style yoga class where you will tone, shape and strengthen your
muscles while profoundly soothing and relaxing your mind. I personally
found Yoga to be a wonderful tool in helping me overcome my panic attacks.
It is a unique form of exercise because Yoga forces the participant to
maintain focused concentration on their breathing. This is a
meditative act which keeps the participant fully in the moment, a skill
which takes time and practice to master. Learning to remain in the
moment without your mind racing to "what-if" scenarios, which lead to
anticipatory anxiety, which lead to panic, is a valuable gift which can
change your life.
Of course Yoga alone will not be
enough to overcome panic attacks. I had to approach it from many
different angles including nutrition, positive vs. negative inner dialogue,
breath control, examining my expectations, employing positive distraction,
working step by step on avoidance behaviours, visualization, time
management, identifying stressors in my life, overcoming shame and
embarrassment and admitting that I needed help (many of us are
perfectionists), and increasing my knowledge on the subject. This is
why I have included the lectures in this 8 week session.
Panic attacks can sometimes lead to agoraphobia and often
it is difficult for a participant to come to class. It is helpful to
have a supportive loved one join them in the class. The loved one will
enjoy learning about this very common condition and having a fabulous low
The classes are held at the New
Studio: 667 Wellington Street West in Guelph.
The 8 week session costs
(+ $12.87 hst) = $111.87.
Next 8 week session
starts September 23rd 2013
Runs every Monday for a total of 8 classes
To register and pay by cheque please
and I will email you back
To register and pay with credit card or
through paypal simply complete below
This method is
completely safe and secure! You do not need a Paypal
account to use it.
You will need
a large towel or yoga mat (I
have extras for borrowing and also new ones for sale) and a water bottle.
Excerpt from Lecture I
" Physically what's going on is chemical. Your
body senses fear and releases chemical stimulants into your system to
strengthen your body so it can fight or flee. These chemicals include
adrenalin, sodium lactate and cortisol.... Common symptoms include strong
anxiety episodes, racing heart/chest discomfort, trembling, nausea, hot and
cold flashes, feelings of unreality and disorientation, dizziness, scary
uncontrollable thoughts, depressed feelings, fatigue, feelings of
helplessness, panic episodes, muscle tension, migraine headaches, numbness
in various parts of the body, and strange aches or pains."
Excerpt from Lecture II: " Your Vagus nerve is one
of the largest nerves in the body and it goes from your brain down and
through your diaphragm. Where it meets the diaphragm there are
"sensors". If your breath is rapid and shallow, then these "sensors"
send signals to the brain to release....the chemicals responsible for the
"fight or flight response" associated with panic attacks...It is possible,
with practice, to learn to consciously control your breathing..."
Excerpt from Lecture III: "One of the keys to
overcoming anxiety attacks is to fully understand the difference between
External Anxiety and Internal Anxiety. It is the internally generated
anxiety that gets us into trouble....There is a 7 step approach for dealing
with a panic attack.."
Excerpt from Lecture IV: "It is vital that you
change the way you talk to yourself.
You must be
compassionate about your anxiety. For example,' Of course I'm feeling
anxious, I'm trying something new. Everyone has these feelings
sometimes. It is normal.' Never be unkind,' Oh no. Here it
comes again. I hate myself for being like this. Why can't I be
normal? I've got to get out of here before I pass out or go crazy.'
You must learn to talk to yourself in a relaxing, soothing and comforting
Excerpt from Lecture V: "B vitamins help maintain
the proper functioning of the nervous system. They work to help
produce the key chemical messengers in the brain called neurotransmitters.
Also, our nerves are wrapped in nerve sheaths that provide a kind of
protective coating around them. High levels of stress can strip down
these sheaths and create a feeling of having 'raw nerves'. B12 and B2
are an important component to the healthy maintenance of nerve sheaths...."
Excerpt from Lecture VI: "Diet comes from the Greek
word dieta, which means; way of life. What you eat can help you
maintain a balanced nervous system. Let's begin with some things to
Excerpt from Lecture VII: "There is an effective
method of reducing anxiety and increasing positive results in your daily
life. It is the use of positive visualization in the alpha and
theta-wave state...Scientists have found that our brain operates in four
levels of frequency, beta, alpha, theta and delta...."
Excerpt from Lecture VIII: "Worry is common among
people with anxiety disorders. Worrying is a negative habit that needs
to be broken. Learn to differentiate between things over which you
have control and things you don't. Let go of worrying about all the
things you have no control over (such as your adult children). For the
things in which you do have control over, form a plan of action that will
produce a more positive outcome. How valid are your worries? Are
they really that likely to happen? If you are worrying about something
that is very real and cannot be prevented, then devote your time and energy
to preparing yourself mentally, easing your anxiety and improving the end
result for yourself....."