Learn to shift and manage the overwhelming energy of anxiety.
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!
Harshada Wagner Nov 26th, 2012
That's great Jedda!
Tanja Pajevic Nov 15th, 2012
Thanks, Harshada! But how do you keep that energy from then getting stuck in your pelvis? How do you transform it?
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 Pajevic 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.
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
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
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
Harshada Wagner Jul 15th, 2012
Tim- 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.
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
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.