I suffered from extreme anxiety that started in early childhood and didn’t become managable until about 2 years ago. The turning point for me was when I finally took up yoga. I began a steady power yoga practice which incorporated deep breathing and guided meditation through the use of yoga nidras. I found that the intense physical exertion I experienced each class required extreme focus. However, I was not focused on the physicallity of the asanas but on my mental clarity and emotional response to what I was putting myself through. The mental and emotional aspect of my yoga practice is what has helped me successfully stomp out my anxiety issues. If I could talk myself into holding very strenuous poses for what my brain was telling my body was way too long, I could totally talk myself out of a nervous episode and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. I learned that even when I feel completely helpless or defeated or just plain terrified about life, when it all boils down to it this is my life and I am the only one who has the power to control my thoughts and feelings no matter how scary or messed up they may be at the time. I can make it ok, I will be alright in the end because I want to be. Now don’t get me wrong, it took and still does take a lot of effort to get to where I am now and I didn’t get into yoga for this purpose, I was actually quite uncomfortable with meditating and chanting and even group exercise when I first started but now if find it very theraputic and even empowering. If ever I stray from my mat for too long that old familiar feeling starts to creep back into my gut and I know it’s time to buckle back down and start taking care of my inner self. Hope that helped and maybe gave you a different perspective on ways to help work through anxiety in a more holistic way.