Yoga for Stressful Situations – A Testimonial by A Gentle Way Student Lynn Reynolds
“This is how yoga helped me deal with life, and yoga can help you get through stressful situations too!
Last week was quite taxing on me and my family. My husband complained of not feeling well and having some discomfort in his heart and arms Wednesday night.
On Thursday morning, he picked me up from my Yoga class and still was not feeling well. I called our Cardiologist. He asked us to call 911 and go to the ER. We went to the ER at 1:30 on Thursday afternoon. Two hours later at 3:30 the ER Doctor said he would be admitted to the hospital. He spent the night in the ER and finally got a bed in the hospital at 8:30, the next morning, Friday. He had surgery Friday afternoon and was discharged Saturday afternoon. Three days, two nights in the hospital.
It was an exhausting ordeal! Waiting and then surgery, waiting, and then more waiting for the doctor’s report! Two stents in surgery and a day of recovery and we were home.
During these long periods of waiting, I practiced my Yoga breathing, shoulder rolls and what every I could do in the confines of a hospital room.
All turned out well for my husband. We had a few days at home to rest.
Then on Wednesday, I had a scheduled heart chemically induced stress test. After what my husband had just been through, I was a bit anxious and still very tired. During these ultra sound tests, you must lay still for 15 minutes with your left arm across your forehead and your right hand tucked in your waist band while the machine does its thing. So, here again I took to Yoga, breathe in and out, “let the tightness go”…the 15 minutes passed quickly, I nearly fell asleep!!! Then the chemically induced heart stress drug was administered. After waiting another 30 minutes, back in the machine for the final 15 minutes.
Breathe! Focused on the breathing, again the 15 minutes passed quickly. I drove home in a very calm mood. I must not be dead yet, the doctor told me he would not have the results for another week! I found that very amusing!
In addition, I have found Yoga extremely helpful as I am the go-to-caregiver for my adult daughter who has multiple physical disabilities. Something you said in class last week, “you must give from the over-flowing of your cup, or you give yourself away“.
That thought is helping me change my attitude in the way I help my daughter.
Thank you for that thought, very insightful.”
Student of A Gentle Way Yoga Center
Practicing yoga can not only be an effective stress reliever, but also a way to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression – Learn 10 Poses to Reduce Stress here.