I struggled with anxiety for several years before I realized that drugs could effectively take away my anxiety and allow me to feel at peace. After years of abusing prescription painkillers and benzodiazepines, I found myself trapped in full-blown drug addiction with my anxiety worse than ever. When I finally chose to go to treatment and get sober, the drugs were out of my system but my anxiety continued to burden me. I was placed in mental health therapy to learn about healthy habits to use to cope with my anxiety. The technique that I found most beneficial in doing this was yoga and meditation.
If you do a Google Image search for the words meditation and yoga, it’s almost guaranteed that the pictures will be virtually the same. That is, someone in a seated pose with their hands on their knees, fingers together, eyes closed – all against a serene backdrop.
So, it comes as no surprise that, in the Western World, meditation and yoga are often used synonymously. But, in reality, although related, the two terms are fundamentally different.