Emily May - Yoga and Anxiety

Episode 59

59 mins

Emily May - Yoga and Anxiety

September 8, 2019

Emily May is a Melbourne based Yoga and Meditation teacher and Reiki Master. Emily does a lot of work around anxiety which is the topic of this episode - and anxiety is an issue that affects many of us day to day. We would like to point out that none of us in the recording are mental health professionals, so if you are struggling with anxiety or depression, please consider seeing someone who can help you - we added some links below.

In this episode we learn about Emily's background growing up in Melbourne and how she believes she discovered the effectiveness of healing yourself through chakras from an early age.

We learn about how Emily discovered yoga and how she came to teach it. We learn about anxiety, some of it's causes and symptoms and how yoga may help. Finally, we learn about how yoga teachers can sequence and use language to make things easier for people struggling with anxiety.

Emily May's Website: https://www.mayyoga.com.au/
Emily on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mayyogawellbeing/
RUOK Day: https://www.ruok.org.au/
Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au

Lost Connections by Johann Hari: https://amzn.to/312ikwP
First, we make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson: https://amzn.to/2N047wT
My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel: https://amzn.to/2N03DXB


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2:55 Emily tells us about her background growing up in Melbourne
3:08 What brought Emily to Yoga?
4:03 Emily’s illness
10:08 Does Emily have any key teachers in the yoga world?
12:10 What drew Emily towards working to help people with anxiety?
15:10 Do people working in corporate backgrounds tend to struggle with the slower more static practices (ie yin?)
16:00 Mobile phones and yoga
20:51 Can a more active practice be useful for individuals with a more active brain?
22:38 Breath practices can be triggering for some people
25:00 Break - about our Patreon!
26:50 How can teachers sequence or use language to make things easier for people with anxiety?
32:00 On students cancelling appointments
36:00 Books on anxiety
38:29 What are some of the causes of anxiety?
41:45 Are there any practices other than yoga and mindfulness that can help with anxiety?
46:27 Are there any yogic practices that might be contraindicated for anxiety?
52:20 Anxiety and children
54:54 What else does Emily do around helping individuals with anxiety?
56:57 What is Emily’s one core lesson for the world?
57:15 If you suffer from anxiety and are struggling - please consider seeking professional help

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