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Level 1
15 min

Meditation for Anxiety

Meditation | By David Harshada Wagner on Jun 25 2012
Learn to shift and manage the overwhelming energy of anxiety.


Learn to shift and manage the overwhelming energy of anxiety.


  • Kristine Taylor     Dec 3rd, 2014
    David, this is so powerful! Thank you.
  • Pam Schnurman     Nov 3rd, 2014
    David, this is awesome. I teach presentation skills and have developed a program on Managing Nerves. Most people I train want to "get rid" of their nerves, but having gone through the process myself I tell them this is not productive. You have given me a different way of explaining this to them. I plan on doing this meditation every day for myself as well since I am very aware that I carry tension in my shoulders ALL OF the time! Loved the meditation and felt its effects immediately!!!!
  • Julia Haake     Oct 26th, 2014
    Thank you VERY much for this soothing and helpful practice. Already feeling much better ! Greetings from Paris.
  • kimberly larsen     Jun 28th, 2014
    I have always been resistant to the intense panic that overwhelms me before or in the throws of a panic attack; this was so helpful with strong anxiety that I am looking forward to practicing this frequently so I can utilize it during an attack. Thank you so much!
  • Suzanne Merten     May 6th, 2014
    Wow - I could feel the anxiety moving. I like what you said about anxiety being energy and not wanting it to go away but to move it to where it can be more useful. I felt stronger - both mentally and physiclly at the end of this practice!
  • Vicky Eastwood     Apr 14th, 2014
    Thank you!
  • Lakhsara Dié     Mar 2nd, 2014
    Thank you so much. You helped my son (19) to get rid of his anxiety. I am so grateful. Thanks.
  • Jesse Ontiveros     Feb 12th, 2014
    Great meditation. Thanks for these classes, these short sets are making my daily practice accessible. I found this one somewhat challenging, I tend to keep my energy high in my body. Thank you. :-)
  • celestina swanson     Jul 20th, 2013
    Thank you! I find anxiety comes up regularly in my female cyles so glad to have a simple and powerful technique to use!
  • Amanda H     Jun 20th, 2013
    Beautiful. Thank you so much.
  • Tara Phillips     May 7th, 2013
    Amazing. Thank you.
  • Alistair Bell     Feb 27th, 2013
    Wow! Absolutely amazing stuff. So powerful. Being able to recognise the anxiety, be 'with it', then focus it's power into an area of the body more equipped to deal with it is genius! Such a blessing. Now to harness that energy into tantric practice... Talk about turning a negative into a positive!
  • Diana Hu     Feb 20th, 2013
    Thanks so much. I experienced a huge wave of social anxiety this evening and rushed home to log onto my yogaglo. I found exactly what I needed. Blessings to you.
  • Victoria Simpson     Jan 14th, 2013
    Really effective. Thanks
  • Lori Guenter     Jan 2nd, 2013
    This is a fabulous meditation. I suffer with an anxiety disorder and I was dubious that it would help. But it did. Thank you so very much. I know I'll be back to this practice again and again.
  • Janel DuRoss     Dec 4th, 2012
    Harshada, this meditation was excellent! I really appreciate the anatomy review, which brought even more clarity and visualization. I will be using this meditation practice many times during the week. Thanks so much!
  • M Courae     Nov 29th, 2012
    Thank you for this practice Harshada! I suffer from anxiety and true, my energies are usually trapped in my heart. This practice helped!
  • jedda donnelly     Nov 26th, 2012
    'downshift' has just entered my vocabulary - thank you so much!
    • D. Harshada Wagner     Nov 26th, 2012
      That's great Jedda!
  • Tanja P     Nov 15th, 2012
    Thanks, Harshada! But how do you keep that energy from then getting stuck in your pelvis? How do you transform it?
    • D. Harshada Wagner     Nov 17th, 2012
      It really depends on what you mean. Yes, in general we don't want to be stuck anywhere if we can help it. Ultimately we are working toward an experience of being like a bamboo- open and clear.

      But in general- it is more empowering to carry intense energy down below.

      Eventually, we learn to let go of identifying with the vessel all-together. Until then, we are always working on better and better ways to be with the energy. This is really a bigger question and answer than the space in this forum. Really its better for a session or conversation or email.
      • Tanja P     Nov 26th, 2012
        I've been watching your other videos, and that's helping answer the other questions that have been popping up. Thanks! I'm so glad to have found your videos, they've been so helpful.
  • Aimee Hughes     Nov 14th, 2012
    Thank you Harshada. I tend to feel more anxiety in the cold weather. I'm going to continue practicing this one to get through the winter months. No wonder the warmer climate cultures have such powerful hip/pelvic movements, in relation to dance, music, ritual. Namaste.
    • D. Harshada Wagner     Nov 17th, 2012
      Never thought of it that way but I can see what you mean!
  • Mike Burns     Oct 11th, 2012
    I love this. Downshifting.
  • Sandra Goldenberg     Oct 2nd, 2012
    Amazing practice.
  • Maurey Lancaster     Oct 2nd, 2012
    The perfect antidote to a frantic day x
  • Rachel Ridley     Sep 29th, 2012
    Wow! what a powerful idea. Thank you.
  • Vaune Kolber     Sep 13th, 2012
    Thanks! That was so useful and needed. Everyone and anyone could benefit from this technique.
  • Christine Tipping     Sep 10th, 2012
    I recently underwent a major abdominal operation. I was nauseated from the anesthesia, in pain and very upset immediately afterward. This meditation repeated over and over helped me get through that first night. I don't know how I would have coped without it. Thank you.
  • Catherine Mc Elhinney     Sep 7th, 2012
    This is life saving! Thank you Harshada
  • cathy burke     Aug 15th, 2012
    nice.. thanks
  • Kelly Tapani     Jul 26th, 2012
    Amazing. It worked so well by halfway through that I just played it again a second time. All of my repeating, racing thoughts spilled right down my neck into the caverns below on queue. I even gave my head and arms a few wiggles abd wobbles to make sure they were totally empty. I can really feel the energy storing in the pelvis, not being forced but just making the conduit for it to rest there until I have a practical use to call upon these power of quick thinking and enhanced sensitivity to the world. This is a remarkable meditation. Blessings to you for passing these teachings to our lives.
  • Alyson Raskin     Jul 24th, 2012
    That's better. Thank you. I will do this one often. Blessings and peace.
  • Antonella Wicki     Jul 23rd, 2012
    Dear harshada thank you so much....i nedded and i feel calm....Antonella
  • Laura Kitty     Jul 22nd, 2012
    Great meditation- thank you! Like the commenters below I also self-medicate for anxiety, but I do so with sugar and chocolate, not alcohol. Could you possibly do a meditation for compulsive/binge eating or overcoming cravings? Also, I store all my excess fat in my hips (along with my emotions, I feel)- will downshifting my energy to there have any effect (positive or negative) on this?
  • Kathy Dodd     Jul 16th, 2012
    Great meditation and great questions! I have recently stopped drinking and Tim you are right, I was self medicating for anxiety. This meditation was really helpful.
  • Jay Wehmeier     Jul 15th, 2012
    nix to anxiety
  • D. Harshada Wagner     Jul 15th, 2012
    I love your question. I have been a non-drinker for over 24 years. I often suggest that people who train with me also abstain from alcohol and drugs- it's one of the best things you can do for your spiritual development.

    That said, it can be awkward when you live in a world of drinkers and users. These days, it is actually kind of hip to be sober- "sober is the new high". But you can simply respond "no thanks."
    "why not?"
    "i don't drink"
    "why not?"
    "I don't like it."

    When you're in that environment drink- water. Most places offer bottled water. Coke or soft drinks are okay- but then you end up sugared out. I was recently at a pub in Ireland where the very loving people insisted on buying me drinks. They didn't have water, and I drank 3 cokes in an hour! But it is helpful if you have something in your hand- or something people can buy you. But honestly- if it is too much of an issue, then you may need to survey your friends and social life to see if it is matching your highest aspirations.
  • D. Harshada Wagner     Jul 14th, 2012
    Hi Paulina,
    There is a subtle wave of energy that flows like that. You can feel it, it's "real". It's funny, if I were to quote some old text and give a Sanskrit name to the experience, for some people, it makes it feel like their experience is more "legitimate". Kind of funny when you think of it- right? Just go into your experience and keep track of what helps you and what doesn't. "Real" yoga is yoga that works.
  • Sarah Higgins     Jul 7th, 2012
    Thank you so much.
  • Emme Broad     Jul 3rd, 2012
    thank you, your teachings are helping me through a very difficult time i wish you well x
  • Jennifer LaFleur     Jul 2nd, 2012
    thanks for sharing this powerful concept!
  • Dina Crosta     Jul 1st, 2012
    This was awesome Harshada. I really resonate with the idea of "downshifting". I teach yoga and meditation to college students and I think this will be a real great concept to try with them. Blessings.
  • Lorna Booker     Jun 30th, 2012
    Thank you also.
  • Silvia Hayakawa     Jun 29th, 2012
    Thank you!
  • Deborah Moulton     Jun 27th, 2012
    thanks Hersheda - a very useful and practical strategy - I visualised moving the anxious emotion down via colours - from red - to swirls of soft light pink, since I was moving it into my second charkra, and that energy is good energy.
  • Lorelei Wilder Lorelei Wilder     Jun 27th, 2012
    thank you so much for this! i love this unique method for dealing with anxiety. i've been suffering from anxiety to a debilitating degree for my entire life, so i really appreciate this extraordinary meditation. <3
  • Monica Carota     Jun 26th, 2012
    Thank you for that powerful meditation. It worked wonders on my anxiety. I feel so much better now. :)Namaste.
  • Trine Bietz     Jun 25th, 2012