Welcome to the Yoga for Anxiety video series from UT Austin’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
The series is led by Jamie Justus LCSW, a counselor at EAP and a yoga teacher who has facilitated the Yoga for Anxiety series for many years. When these series are offered at UT, they fill up in minutes and have a wait list of over 200 people. Now, the EAP is putting videos online that have components of Yoga for Anxiety, with physical sequences, breathing techniques, yogic philosophy, and meditation and mindfulness exercises. The videos will be listed in an order, but you can also skip around the video offerings.
- Introduction and Breathing with Mantra
- Low to Ground Sequence
- A Loving Kindness Meditation
- Exhale and Bee's Breath
- Balance of Effort and Ease
- Sequence from Standing to the Ground
- Doing the Opposite
- Chair Yoga, Breathing and Meditation
- Restorative Poses and Meditation
- Sequence for Undoing Zoom Meetings
The practices are designed to be beginner-friendly, so you don’t need any yoga experience to start the videos. That being said, it is always recommended to consult a physician before starting any new physical exercise practice, and these videos are not a substitute for physical or mental healthcare. If you do feel sharp pain at any point or are having distress around any of the breathing or meditation exercises, please stop and come out of what you are doing and return to a neutral seated position and a natural breath.
Part of yoga is learning to listen to the body’s needs, so please keep that in mind as you practice. Thanks for joining in this series!