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Does anyone else suffer from anxiety and panic attacks? I do. I've had 4 in the past year.
A panic attack is when one's sense of fear (anxiety, worry, doubt) results in a heightened feeling of fear called panic. The effects of the panic attack range from physical (sweating, heart rate increasing, emotional swings) to mental (feeling as if your going to die, are already dead or my personal demon: derealization).
Derealization is when the world around you, your life, and time all seem fake. You feel as if everything around you is a symbol. You feel trapped in your mind and on this journey. Personally I feel as if I've tapped into Gods mind and I feel too much information being processed. It humbles me.
I write this to say you never know someone's journey or why they do what they do. I generally show myself doing postures that took me a long time to master. What you don't see is that I NEED this practice. What you don't see is the stress I'd gotten used to living with for the first 19 years of life. What you don't see is that I have a wonderful family, great son, great future, spiritual connectedness, compassion and life in general AND I STILL HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF MY MENTAL HEALTH!
As a matter of fact in the photo above I am in a full blown panic attack teaching at Malcolm X Park a few weeks ago. It came on right before class started. I ended up rushing to get it started because I myself needed to count my breath and practice. Luckily yoga and meditation at proven to help with these extreme episodes.
Long story short I was fine. Though it must have seemed weird at first as my demeanor was really based on coping with the fact that nothing seemed real, after about 10-15 minutes of flowing and focusing (literally) on each breathe my body began to slow down and things felt real again.
Join me on the mat and take time to check in with your mind. It influences your body and spirit and working with it is the only way to find peace. Take class with me tonight at 6:30 am at the Capoeira Spot (2008 Rhode Island Avenue NE) and check in with yourself in a safe space. That's why I started @KheperaWellness. #blackmentalhealthmatters