People’s worst emotions are fear, stress, and anxiety. It can be hard to stay focused when fear hits you hard. We all want peace, happiness and relaxation and what is the best way to achieve this other than yoga. Yoga has been said to be one of the most effective stress-reducing techniques. It is very beneficial for people suffering from anxiety and depression.
There are a few specific yoga poses that can help you with anxious feelings. Here are five of the best yoga poses for anxiety:
- Ustrasana (camel pose): The camel pose, also known as Ustrasana, can help relieve stress and improve blood circulation throughout the body. Sit on the floor with your knees hip-width apart. While gently flexing your glutes, rotate your thighs inward slightly. Grab the floor with the tops of your feet and shins. Place your hands behind your hips or on your pelvis. As you push the pelvis forward, keep the front of the thighs pressed back. Don’t overdo it and put stress on your lower back. Raise your sternum and heart on an inhale as you roll your shoulder blades back and forth. Keep your back straight. Repeat a few times.
- Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose): This pose strengthens and stretches the inner thighs, while also relieving fatigue. Sit on a mat with your legs by your side. As you bring the bottoms of your feet together, exhale. Pull them toward your pelvis. Bring your knees to your sides. As you take a few deep breaths, continue to press your heels together.
- Balasana (child pose): Balasana is good for your lymphatic system and nervous system. It will relax you and relieve stress. It lengthens the thighs, hips and ankles. It helps with neck and back pain. Kneel with your toes touching the floor. Open your knees to hip width. Exhale as you lower your torso between your thighs while sitting on your heels. Maintain a stretch in your spine by extending the back of your neck. Hands and arms should be placed at your side or near your torso. Let gravity pull your shoulders toward the floor. You can stay for 30 seconds or as long as you want.
- Bitilasana (Cow Pose): This simple pose increases brain power and improves focus, coordination, and mental stability. Start in a tabletop position, with knees directly under hips and hands under shoulders. Maintain a neutral position with your head and neck and your gaze on the floor. Lift the chest and bend while facing the floor as you inhale. As you raise your head in a forward gaze, your belly should sink to the floor.
- Dhanurasan (bow pose): Dhanurasana, or the bow pose, stretches your body. It helps to relieve tension in the shoulders, chest and neck by opening them up. Lie down with your arms at your sides. Keep a hip width between your knees while bringing your heels as close to your glutes as possible. Hands on the ankles. Inhale as you lift your thighs, heels, and head off the floor. Keep your shoulders away from your ears.
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