Two Times A Day
Many peoples answer to curing an illness is simply with numbing medication, but is this the best way?
Back in November 2018 the question was asked Can Yoga help with anxiety? As a result we were approached by students from Solent University of Southampton.
They were producing a documentary called "Two Times a Day".
Two Times a Day is a short documentary diving into the heart of the disorder trying to discover the best form of treatment.
Many peoples answer to curing an illness is simply with numbing medication, but is this the best way? and can yoga help with anxiety?
Two Times A Day is about locating the most unique and surprising methods like hypnotherapy, acupuncture and anxiety yoga and trying to find the key to overcoming the illness.
We jumped to the idea of participating, since we had so many from students that successfully overcame not only anxiety but other mental illnesses through the consistent practice of yoga.
Also very keen to participate because the founder of In Balance Hot Yoga, Benedita Sousa.
Herself having suffered from depression and anxiety.
And it was through yoga that she recovered and started thriving in her life.
Benedita shares her story very openly to help more people to be proactive in committing to a healthier way of living, simply just by getting on the mat a few times a week.
Lewis Mitchell has been dealing with anxiety for most of his life.
Lately he has been trying spiritual unique methods to help with his mental health.
He is hoping to influence others to do the same, as a result of the increase of generalised anxiety disorder affecting one in six people.
Medical professionals options are to offer short term numbing medications due to appointment demands being so high.
Lewis makes a point that we need to try and help ourselves, to find ways to improve our own health both mentally and physically before relying on medication.
We can not simply rely on busy doctors to open up more space for people who are in serious need.
In the documentary there’s a reference to a ABC channel news where a famous guru claims that just by doing hot yoga you can heal your illnesses, live longer and be better in bed. ABC channel was referring to Bikram yoga.
This style of yoga naturally open the space to what we teach at In Balance Hot Yoga, which is just hot yoga.
The temperature of the room is lower than in Bikram, usually around 32c - 33c whilst Bikram is usually around 39c - 40c.
Can Yoga help with anxiety?
Lewis attended a hot yoga class in the studio and found a physical relief, even though he was only able to do 10mins.
A hot yoga class can be overwhelming for a completely new student.
The heat, the poses, the dynamic tempo, the breathing whilst moving, all of it can be a lot to take in on the first class.
It is important when trying a hot yoga class that students give themselves at least a month.
Most yoga studios offer an Intro pass, we have the Intro Offer of 30 for £30.
Students can acclimatise to the heat, get more comfortable with the breathing and the movements.
What makes a hot yoga class so effective in overcoming depression, anxiety, life stresses, over-thinking mind, loosing weight is that:
During the 60mins the student can not think of anything else but breathing, moving the body and being fully present.
The student becomes more patient and tolerant as a result, feeling less agitated and in the edge.
The practice trains the mind to be more focused, increases our stamina and allows us to believe in our potential.
This naturally will reflect on our lives outside the mat.
At the end of the class Lewis had a chat with the founder of In Balance Hot Yoga, Benedita Sousa.
Benedita undertook her yoga teacher training in 2014, whilst working in hospitality.
In 2017 Benedita decided to give up her corporate job and dedicate full time to teaching yoga and to open a yoga studio in Southampton.
This was the 1st fully dedicated yoga studio and hot yoga studio.
Yoga has been her passion for many years and she always knew that at some point it would be her full time career.
Benedita shares an episode when she was visiting her mum and she couldn’t go out on the street.
When she did go out she would hide under her mum’s arm, wanting to avoid people to see her.
She had this anxiety, this panic of not wanting to be seen.
It took her months to come out of that place where she was feeling worthless and I didn't want to leave home.
It was through yoga that she overcame the depression, overcame any anxiety problems, overcame low self-esteem and self-worth issues that she had for many years.
Hence why Benedita has made her mission to inspire students that are going through any difficulty, anxiety or depression or any challenges in their lives.
Can Yoga help with anxiety?
Benedita adds that taking on this practice can help overcome mental health related issues in the present moment but also prepare us for a better future.
Yoga gives us the tools and the practice that we need to be OK with whatever comes our way.
Benedita explains that feeling great after a yoga class is very normal because we are moving our bodies, which releases happy endorphins.
The breathing relaxes the body and mind but she also reiterates the importance of being in a place with good energy, surrounded with people that really care about us and can support us.
Benedita mentions that we have a physical body, we have a mental body and we have a spiritual body.
We are all made of energy, everything is made of energy and within energy there is a spiritual element that we need to connect to.
After the short yoga session that Lewis took he was feeling relieved and feeling exhilarated.
Can Yoga help with anxiety?
Lewis's conclusion is that there is a place for hot yoga and for hypnotherapy.
He has sympathy with the GP's because they're so restricted in what they're able to do.
They have very little time for each patient, all they can really do is deal with the symptom rather than the cause.
The medication makes us relax a little bit but it doesn't actually solve what's caused the problem in the first place.
The most important thing to remember from this whole experience is that people need to help themselves.
Every person they've met, has talked about energy and that we are all made up of that exact same energy.
This might be a cryptic way of saying that we are all the same.
We all have problems that we encounter in life which can flare up mental issues but being positive and having good energy is probably the only way you can really combat mental health, aside from medication.
There's no right or wrong methods.
What might work for one person might necessarily not work for someone else.
We have to try these things, find out what works and what we like more than anything.
In Hot yoga it is certainly a very therapeutic exercise.
We can completely understand how that's both physically and spiritually completely relieving.
Try to phase and see which works best in the long run and see what makes you feel better about yourself or makes you less anxious.
If you choose to give it a go at yoga, try a few classes, maybe different styles, maybe different teachers until you find one that you like, that you connect with.
We are very grateful to have participated in this documentary and to help raising awareness on the need of each individual to be the one looking after their own health.
A huge tahnk you to the students of Solent Southampton University for their work.
Helping men and women to be in the DRIVER seat of their life and to awaken their inner POWER.