We all have at least one affliction that chases us. Anxiety, fear, depression, dependency, the list of possibilities goes on. Why can it be so difficult to let go of things that bring us pain?
Simply ignoring or masking your feelings brings temporary relief, but you'll need more if you want it to last. First, I suggest facing your mental challenges using journaling and meditation. This has been a healing practice in my own life. Second, surround yourself with things and people that inspire you. Seek out situations and surroundings that allow you to feel your best. Be selfish about it, because working on yourself will allow you to open you up and be there for others.
To help you in the process, yoga is here. Yoga means union, or yolking. Isn't it wonderful when the mind, body, spirit and world around you are all in union? Think of your asana (pose) practice as your opportunity to reboot. Yoga serves as our mental control - alt - delete. There are different practices for different needs. Try not to limit yourself to just one teacher or style. Seek out a class or teacher that feels right to you.
Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, or a slow controlled Hatha practice can relieve anxiety, fear and anger. I observe this every week in the faces of students leaving the restorative class that is held just before I teach. Vinyasa, standing practices, inversions, or backbends can leave you feeling energized and ready to greet your day. I'm told time and time again that my wall classes are great for those who are just returning from long trips. I suggest that you seek out several styles, and practice the ones that speak to you.
As always, remember there is no such thing as perfection. If your practice helps you to find that happy, unified feeling, then it is perfect just the way it is. To quote Pattabhi Jois, "practice and all is coming".
Namaste my friends,