Let's break down these TIPS on how to handle a panic attack in yoga terms, shall we?
1- Practice TAPAS (self discipline). Panic attacks are mentally draining and physically stressful on our bodies, but they cannot hurt us. When panic attacks happen, we often spend time trying to 'fight' against it or push it away. Once an attack happens, the best thing to do is ride it out. Just sit with it. It's not easy, but there's no sense in fighting it. Our bodies are already in 'fight' mode. You know what anxiety is, you know it's causing this attack, so sit and move through it. Be present with what is happening. Tapas teaches us that sometimes "burning" through something is the only way to get through it.
2- ASANA. Do some yoga. Move your body. Stretch, vinyasa a bit or do some restorative yoga. Stay present with what you're doing and how you're moving your body. Become aware in subtle shifts in energy and return your focus to your breath. Legs Up the Wall and Forward Bend are great places to start!
3- Remember SATYA (truthfulness). You know what anxiety is. You are, on some level, probably aware that what you are experiencing is indeed a panic attack and not an actual heart attack or stroke. You know it will pass. You know what is happening to your body and you know you will live through it. So literally talk yourself through it. Keep focusing on these TRUTHS. If you can, let someone close to you know what is going on. Shine light on what is happening to you. The more light you cast on anxiety from speaking the truth about it, the less darkness it can bring to your life. You have the knowledge to talk yourself off the edge. Or at the very least, talk yourself through the symptoms you experience from a panic attack.
4- PRANAYAMA (breath work). Breathe it out! Deep belly breaths, alternate nostril breathing, equal breathing... All of these are yogic breathing practices that help alleviate anxiety and either stop, or significantly shorten, a panic attack.
5- Let go with ISHVARA PRANIDHANA (surrender). Have trust that you can heal from this. Anxiety can make us feel helpless and unable to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Stay dedicated to your journey and trust in the universe. Have faith in your practice and strength. Believe in yourself. And lastly, surrender your struggles.