Yoga as an anxiety reduction subroutine


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Yoga is one of many strategies that I employ to manage my anxiety in a healthy way.

In part because practicing is an aerobic activity that boosts my brain’s dopamine levels and provides endorphins.

But also because my studio is a supportive community of compassionate people. We all struggle and thrive and fail and persevere on the mat together, even if we don’t know each other’s names, even if we don’t know each other’s lives outside the hot room.

And so, anytime I find myself shrouded in a cloud of melancholy, it’s simply a matter of launching the anxiety reduction subroutine.

Works every time.

What emotions does anxiety help you manage?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.