Practicing yoga is a wonderful natural way to relieve stress and anxiety. Specific yoga postures which involves regulated breathing patterns helps to calm the mind to a great extent. These yoga poses also increase the release of the feel good hormones endorphins. Child’s pose, Tree Pose and Corpse Pose are some awesome yoga postures to relieve anxiety. To get an indepth insight into the different yoga poses that help to relieve anxiety, read on.
Here Are 7 Yoga Poses For Anxiety:
Child’s Pose (Balasana), a forward bending pose, is one of the best relaxing poses in yoga to help relieve pent up stress and tension. This particular pose which gives a good stretch to the hips, spine and knees also enhances the feeling of inner peace. Kneel comfortably on the floor / yoga mat. Keep the knees together and rest the buttocks on the heels. Spread your knees hip width apart. Now bend forward, while ensuring that the buttocks do not come off the floor. Stretch your arms forward and let your forehead touch the ground. Crawl forward with your fingertips to ensure a good stretch at the armpit chest region. Hold the pose for two to three minutes. With a deep inhalation release the pose.
Balancing yoga poses like Tree Pose (Vrkshasana) calms the body and relaxes the mind. To achieve this graceful pose you can start off by standing in Mountain pose with your toes heels and ankles touching each other. Tighten you knees and lift your thighs up. Place your hands (palms facing the hips) loosely by the sides of your body. Bend your right leg and grab the ankle. Now place the right foot at the very top of the left inner thigh. Ensure that the right knee is in line with the right hip. With a deep inhalation take the arms over your head (palms facing each other, elbows straight). Press the palms together in prayer pose. Hold the pose for twenty to thirty seconds. With a deep exhalation release the pose and repeat on the other side.
Downward Facing Dog Pose
Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is one of the most widely recognized yoga postures. This particular pose reduces fatigue and helps ease anxiety. This posture improves brain function and reduces the negative feelings of sadness / depression. To attain this particular pose you have to first place your wrists directly under your shoulders (elbows should be straight). Now place the knees directly below your hips. Next tuck your toes in and take your heels out. Spread your fingers well with the thumbs facing outwards. Pressurizing your palms and toes, lift your body up. The buttocks should be pointing towards the ceiling. Take your head closer to your chest. In short, your body should appear like an inverted ‘V’. Lengthen your spine and breathe normally. Hold pose for thirty to forty seconds. Exhale deeply and release pose. Repeat once again.
Easy Pose (Sukhasana) can be quite challenging for those people who are not used to sitting cross legged on the ground for an extended duration of time. This sitting yoga pose, which pays a lot of attention on regulated breathing, helps to enhance the sense serenity, tranquility and inner peace. People who experience excessive anxiety / stress should practice this particular pose on a regular basis. Sit cross legged on the floor / yoga mat. Ascend the spine up. Take the shoulder blades in. The head, chest and navel should be in one straight line. Place the hand lightly on your knees. Close your eyes and pay close attention to your breathing. Pull your senses inwards and hold this pose for one to two minutes. Change the crossing of your legs and repeat the pose.
Legs Up The Wall Pose
Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani) is a gentle inversion pose that soothes anxiety and stress. This yoga pose is also highly beneficial for individuals who suffer from stress induced depression. Place a wooden brick, flush against the wall. Now place a bolster against the wooden brick. Three fold a yoga blanket and place it on the bolster. Sit sideways on the bolster. The left hip should touch the wall. Now swing one leg up against the wall. Swing the other leg up. The buttocks should be placed firmly on the bolster. The legs should be straight. Lean back till your shoulders and head touch the floor. Place the arms along the sides of the torso. Close your eyes and stay in this pose for five to ten minutes.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Reclining Bound Angle Pose helps to lower blood pressure and relieves anxiety. This restorative yoga pose can be done every time you feel stressed out. Sit on your buttocks with your legs straight out in front on you. Bend your knees and press the soles of the feet together. Now lie back and close your eyes. You can keep a folded yoga blanket under your head. Place the arms away from the body. Hold the pose for three to five minutes.
Corpse Pose (Shavasana) has derived its unique name from the supine posture of a dead body. This restful yoga pose ensures total relaxation of the mind and the body. Remaining completely motionless like a corpse enhances the body’s innate ability to heal and rejuvenate. Corpse pose is typically done at the tail end of a yoga class. Lie flat on your back. If required, you can place a bolster under your knees. Allow your legs and feet to roll away from each other. The little toe of each foot should touch the floor / yoga mat. Keep the hands slightly away from the body. Close your eyes and pay close attention to your breathing. Remain in this pose for five to ten minutes.