She asked us to breathe out when my body was craving a gulp of air. She asked us to inhale for the duration of a pose, which made me lightheaded. It just didn't feel right. None of it felt good.
How might yoga, a physical practice associated with inner peace and relaxation, possibly cause stress? Let me count the ways.
The residual shakiness or jellylegs you experience after a panic attack are not part of the panic attack itself -- they are artifacts.
Well-intentioned sentiments like "just calm down" and "there's nothing wrong with you" = ugh. As a panicker, you know exactly why those phrases aren't helpful. Right?
Popular culture seems to suggest that panic is this super-detectable experience that causes sufferers to pull their hair, widen their eyes, and clutch their fists or faces. Not so.