Practicing yoga has allowed me to get to know myself, my thoughts and acknowledge my feelings. When I was in the midst of panic attacks I felt incredibly alone and I was in a very dark place. Practicing yoga allowed my heart to open and it allowed me to realize that anxiety happens when we store unexpressed emotions and feelings. My big ahah moment! I had the power to change my thoughts and feeling at any moment, and by doing just that my anxiety started to dissipate. Not to say I don't experience anxiety anymore, because I do have my moments but I now have a greater awareness and understanding of myself, my feelings and my emotions. I love the pose below, legs up the wall (Viparita karani) it is beneficial in easing anxiety, lower back pain, arthritic discomfort, menstrual cramping, reducing insomnia, restless leg, headaches and lowering high blood pressure. Try legs up the wall and let me know how you feel in the pose.
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Do you know what else makes me feel really good? Homemade soup! I hope you enjoy the recipe below!
Serves two as a meal or four as a starter.
1 pound asparagus
1/2 sweet onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 small potato
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter (I used Earth Balance)
3 cups vegetable broth
sea salt & pepper to taste
In a medium pot heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until just softened (2-3 minutes). Add in the garlic, asparagus and potato. Cook until the asparagus begins to turn bright green (3-4 minutes). Season with a little sea salt and pepper and then add broth. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes soften. Use an immersion blender to blend everything together or you can work in batches and puree in a blender.
Top with greek yogurt a squeeze of lemon and a dash of red pepper flakes. Enjoy!