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Yoga for Anxiety and Sleeplessness

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Yoga for Anxiety and Sleeplessness

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If you’re feeling anxious or you're suffering from sleeplessness, try this short practice from Gina Caputo to reboot and restore. This video is ideal for when you feel anxious or can’t sleep and need something quick and effective but not too stimulating. It begins with movements designed to help you move anxiety through your body and ends with a mind-cooling pranayama as well as a yin-style yoga sequence before a deep savasana.

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jmarshsewall, posted on July 26, 2016

I found this video very helpful to do in the middle of the night. I had come home from a long day and couldn't sleep. I did this video rather than reel all night long. Thank you Gina

kristianwykes8, posted on June 24, 2016

the prompts seem a little too abrasive sounding for Anxiety Reflief, but I suppose it could help some.

lwillard, posted on April 2, 2016

i worked two long night shifts and needed something to unwind and unstress my body and mind with. This was perfect for me. I was glad to see that this was relaxing but still worked out the kinks of my body. Gina this is the second video of yours that i have done and youve got me hooked on your style and your great energy. Namaste and goodnight - i shall sleep well now.

poconorealtor, posted on February 3, 2016

this was certainly way too fast for me. it was very different than the perfect instruction you gave in the beginner video. I was very much hoping to get the gentle, step by step instruction style you gave in the beginner video but it wasn't personal/talking to the student face to face like that one.

strauss5marija, posted on December 8, 2015

people with too high anxiety should not put their head too much low, under the heart line, this will make pressure more high and also panic anxiety. Thank you Gina, it was very good, liitle too fast for anxiety , Namaste :)

bereshbp, posted on February 11, 2016

Also wary of holding down dog and deep forward fold and other standing forward bend, more than 5 extremely short breaths. Nice in theory and I see exactly how this would work in someone with normal blood circulation.

ginacaputo, posted on December 16, 2015

Thanks for your feedback! Everyone should of course consult their doctor before practicing yoga, which often includes a downward facing head! This class has been a hit or miss - my intention was that people could discharge the energy that is causing the anxiety and then get still and relax. Its an unusual approach but it works for some and not others. Thanks for giving it a try!!

renate.flynn, posted on December 5, 2015

The holidays, and my graduation, and work, and a persistent bronchitis have beset me. I needed something to calm my monkey mind. Not only did this video do that, but it was the perfect duration for a busy time, and Gina's voice was one of compassion yet deep strength. Plus, strangely (or perhaps not so strangely?), my cough seems to be a little less frequent. Thank you.

ginacaputo, posted on December 16, 2015

This is such great news Renate, I'm so glad you felt some relief! At the end of the year we all have SO much going on, we have to channel our energy and then relax deeply - I'm so glad this worked for you!! Happy holidays!

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on December 5, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to write!
We appreciate your review of the practice. You can always add this to your playlist to watch again anytime.


gmsorceressrose, posted on September 21, 2015

This is the first yoga video I have tried on Gaiam TV, and it is wonderful. I am going to do all of your videos, Gina.

Chloeclover, posted on September 1, 2015

I find this one moved so quickly I had to stop it after about 10 min. My regular energized practice is more sleepy than this.

ginacaputo, posted on September 1, 2015

Hey Chloe! Thanks for your input on this one - it is a little different approach to working with anxiety. My thought was that when you can't sleep and your mind is whirling, rather than just ask you to lay down and get still (which presumably was the problem in bed!), I thought it made sense to do some dynamic movement at first to discharge that excess energy. The second half of the class is all much more chill after you've done that. Thanks for giving it a try!

B-health, posted on August 27, 2015

Felt just right to get to the deep holding well of the hips and it was perfect for relaxation. My jaw always follows, so thank you. So nice to find you in the warmth of my own home on an evening when I so needed the release. As for your voice (over or not) of the best voices I have ever and honest. Namaste Miss Gina.

ginacaputo, posted on September 1, 2015

Thank you so, so much! I'm glad this one worked for you when you needed it!!

excavatedmemories, posted on April 23, 2015

a great sequence so maybe you could make a new alternative version with more gentle instructions since you and others have been discussing the voice-over in the comments; for myself, I love the sequence but the tone gets me too agitated.

ginacaputo, posted on April 28, 2015

Thank you so much for your input on this one! It was an un-orthodox approach to working with anxiety - trying to do something with that energy before settling into relaxation and it definitely doesn't work for some. We probably won't do an alternate version of this exact video but I will most definitely add a class for anxiety and insomnia to my suggested list for the next round of videos! Thanks so much!

silvernel, posted on October 8, 2014

I liked this a lot. Having to concentrate on frequent movements helps focus my mind off of any worries much better than typical yoga for stress practice does. It's like a physical version of mindful meditation. Thanks, Gina!

ginacaputo, posted on October 29, 2014

YES! I'm so glad you felt the intended effects. Thanks so much for turning to your practice to release the dreaded stress!!

ginacaputo, posted on June 12, 2014

@Larsen I'm so happy it hit the spot!! :) Thank you!

Larsen, posted on June 11, 2014

Exactly what I needed tonight. Thank you so much @ginacaputo !

ginacaputo, posted on June 2, 2014

@Mindypalmer Thanks for practicing with me Mindy!!

Mindypalmer, posted on May 28, 2014

Love this class Gina!! Thank you :)

ginacaputo, posted on February 25, 2014

@Chongo So glad you liked this one too!! Thank you!

Chongo, posted on February 25, 2014

Thank you Gina for another great practice, such a great way to start the day! Namaste

ginacaputo, posted on February 11, 2014

@verydeep1 thank YOU!!

verydeep1, posted on February 9, 2014


ginacaputo, posted on February 7, 2014

@verydeep1 Hi! The music that MyYogaOnline put to my video is by Akasha. I was able to find them on iTunes!

verydeep1, posted on February 2, 2014

This was awesome and I liked the music at the end..where can I fine this music?

ginacaputo, posted on January 31, 2014

@coloradodreamer75 AWESOME my Colorado friend!! Thanks for your feedback and for liking the voiceover - bravo for trusting your ears so you can go within!!

coloradodreamer75, posted on January 30, 2014

I really enjoyed this class! I liked the voice over. I felt like I could glance at the screen occasionally and really just listen for the cues. I felt like it made it easier to go deeper. :)

ginacaputo, posted on January 24, 2014

@seequinn hahaha this comment cracked me up - thank you so much for having such a broad perspective on things!! and i promise to never teach in a trance :)

seequinn, posted on January 23, 2014

Thanks again, as a previous commentor said movement is more natural way for me to destress than a slow calming practice. Good luck with your voiceover next time, I found it unusual but quite entertaining, much preferred to voice-overs that sounds like the teacher is speaking from a trance. Good luck with the tech-fine tuning for your next vid!

ginacaputo, posted on January 22, 2014

@eerr I love that "unstick stress" ! It does get sticky!! So glad this one worked for you! Let's do it again! :)

eerr, posted on January 21, 2014

Thank you! I agree that movement is the best way to unstick stress. A concise and effective de-stressing practice.
: )

ginacaputo, posted on January 13, 2014

@mrenkow thanks for taking my class and I hope you'll read my original reply to Veda (below) about what I think happened with the voice over on this one!!

ginacaputo, posted on January 13, 2014

@lilyeuhh thanks for taking my class and I hope you'll read my original reply to Veda (below) about what I think happened with the voice over on this one!!

ginacaputo, posted on January 13, 2014

@KateTT thanks for taking my class and I hope you'll read my original reply to Veda (below) about what I think happened with the voice over on this one!!

ginacaputo, posted on January 13, 2014

@feal thank you for practicing with me!

feal, posted on January 10, 2014

Lovely class, thank you!

mrenkow, posted on January 6, 2014

I enjoyed this, but I agree that the voice-over was a little harsh.

lilyeuhh, posted on January 4, 2014

I agree with the previous comments, I liked the poses and the transition from vigorous to mellow, grounding poses but I think the voiceover was a little bit too harsh. I also think the music wasn't adequate, too loud too and maybe too "lively", especially for the savasana at the end.
But thank you for the flow, this was exactly what I was expecting after a sleepless night, when I was too angry at myself for not being able to find sleep.

KateTT, posted on January 3, 2014

I liked the poses, but the cueing came out like yelling. I even had to turn my volume down. I didn't expect it to be mellow, but the voice over could have been more gentle.

ginacaputo, posted on January 3, 2014

@rmuir256 This is so great to hear!! I will indeed keep the classes coming! Thanks so much for de-stressing with me!!

rmuir256, posted on January 2, 2014

Perfect .. again. I always move more to de-stress and relax so this was so intuitive for me. Wish it was longer!!! Keep the classes coming, Gina. Thanks.

ginacaputo, posted on January 1, 2014

@kmontalb Bummer, I'm sorry. I hope you'll read my reply to Veda about what I think might have been going on. Absolutely wasn't an intention. Perhaps we should change the class description a little so people don't think it's just going to be all mellow. Thanks for your input though!

kmontalb, posted on January 1, 2014

I agree with the other post that the voice over was a bit harsh and disrupting.

ginacaputo, posted on December 30, 2013

@Veda Thank you SO much for your constructive feedback! It's always helpful for us to learn how we can serve our students better! Here's a little bit of insight into my thought process and the filming process on this one...I wanted to design a class for anxiety/sleeplessness that wasn't the usual, all mellow practice. What I was thinking is that when I feel anxious or sleepless, the idea of "just relax" seems impossible and I end up fidgety and irritable. So I designed this practice to offer you a way to move that anxious energy through your body in a dynamic way BEFORE the mellow part begins. So that's why the practice starts out more active and energetic instead of downtempo right from the start. As for my voice - I think I sound rushed and its because this was one of two videos we filmed without a microphone (my first ones like that) and I didn't leave myself enough room to say what I wanted to say. So it may be that my feeling rushed in the voiceover, especially in the beginning of the video, made me sound harsher than intended!! LIVE AND LEARN!! Thanks for giving it another chance!!

ginacaputo, posted on December 30, 2013

@debbystn YAY! Thank you so much for practicing with me!

ginacaputo, posted on December 30, 2013

@BlissAngel AWESOME! So glad you found this quick practice effective!

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