Four Yoga Poses that Beat Anxiety
It's normal to feel a little blue or less than happy, especially when your schedule gets tight and your life gets busy. However, just because it is normal does not mean you should ignore these feelings. These feelings can evolve into bigger issues, such as full-on depression.
Yoga is a great and natural way to help relieve feelings of anxiety. Practicing yoga regularly helps you achieve balance in your life and helps you feel less stressed out. Yoga can help to relieve mild depression and just make you feel good in both your body and mind.
Try these yoga poses to help find balance in your busy life and to shake off any depression feelings:
The lotus pose acts a great depression buster. For this pose, sit cross-legged on the floor. Then you want to place your right ankle on your left thigh and your left ankle on your right thigh. Place your palms facing down on your thighs. In this position, close your eyes and practice deep breathing. It is amazing how less anxious and stressed you will feel after doing this pose for several minutes.
Lie down on the floor with your arms beside your body. Take a deep breath and try to lift your chest off the floor. While lifting your chest, your head should tilt gently so that the crown of your head rests on the ground. You can either hold the pose here or continue to lift your buttocks upwards and slide your hands below your buttocks. Hold this pose for several minutes, keeping your eyes closed and your breath steady.
Start the bridge pose by lying on your back with your hands besides the body. Slowly bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor. There should be a natural gap in between your legs. Then as you breathe in, push your hips and waist upwards. You can take this pose a step further by placing your left ankle on your right thigh while in bridge pose.
This is another easy pose that anyone can do. The purpose is to lie on your back on the floor. Relax your body and let is go loose. Spread your legs out at a comfortable distance from each other and let your arms fall comfortably besides your body with palms facing upwards. Practice deep breathing and imagine that each breath in is bringing in light, while each exhale pushes darkness and negativity out. This will help your mind focus on relaxing rather than your to-do list.
Yoga is a great way to help combat anxiety and mild depression. Put these stretches into your regular routine along with healthy eating and regular exercise. Remember to always consult a doctor about your feelings of depression.