In today’s hectic, fast-paced world, many of us become overwhelmed and anxious in our daily lives. Anxiety may be a result of work, school, family, health and other factors. Avoid letting yourself get too stressed out and turn to yoga to relieve your anxiety. Yoga postures can help strengthen you physically as well as help you to relax in both body and mind. Certain poses in particular can help you achieve a state of calmness and peace. The key to decreasing anxiety during poses is to bring awareness to your breath, slowly inhaling and exhaling while not allowing any outside thoughts to distract you. Practice the following yoga postures regularly whenever you feel a bout of anxiety coming on and as part of a consistent exercise routine.
Decrease anxiety during poses by bringing awareness to your breath, slowly inhaling and exhaling while not allowing any outside thoughts to distract you.
SEATED FORWARD BEND
The Seated Forward Bend pose (Paschimottanasana) is an effective way to unwind at the end of a busy, stressful day. Do this pose by sitting on the floor or a mat with both legs stretched out in front of you. Gently draw your belly in towards your spine as you exhale to forward fold over your legs towards the floor. Gently stretch both arms out in front of you toward your toes or as far as you find comfortable. Hold this pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute and repeat two to three times.
STANDING FORWARD BEND
You can achieve a relaxed state anywhere, anytime with Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana). Do this pose by standing tall with your core engaged and a straight back. Slowly bend forward reaching your hands toward the floor or as far as is comfortable. Stay in this position for 20 to 30 seconds before slowly rising up to a full standing position. Use caution with this pose if you have blood pressure issues or low-back pain. Try bending your knees to ease tight hamstrings and slide hands down your legs as you forward fold for extra assistance.
A resting posture often integrated between more dynamic and active yoga posture, Child’s Pose (Balasana) is a resting pose that brings you back to your breath and helps you tune out outside distractions in favor of tuning into yourself. Do this pose by kneeling on the floor with both knees separated. Rest back on your heels as you touch the big toes of your feet together. Exhale as you forward fold to lower your chest down toward your thighs. Rest your arms down by your torso, with hands resting on the floor, palms up. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds to a minute and repeat it daily or as often as you need to.
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