Often arising during periods of transition, panic attacks trigger the same adrenaline rush as “fight or flight” response. The disorder results from a variety of factors that range from genetic to biological; symptoms usually respond to a combination of behavioral therapy and medication. Relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises and visualization, have the potential to manage panic attacks and prevent future episodes.
Although some schools of Yoga in the west emphasize the physical practice, many forms of Yoga exercise the mind as well as the body. Meditation is a concentrated effort for slowing the mind and body down, by practicing mantra, japa, mindfulness or deep breathing to center one's ability to focus, while blocking out audio or visual input. Much like abdominal breathing, meditation has a relaxing effect on a person's mind and body.
Healing, Restorative, or Therapeutic Yoga does not have to be complex, physically taxing, or vigorous. Patients, who are new to Yoga, can begin by learning one or two poses to practice on a regular basis. Repeating a sequence each morning, or evening, can be a powerful routine to help the healing process, by building strength and agility.