Yoga for Anxiety

July 20, 2020

In this day and age, our lives are often so stressful that almost everyone has some anxiety.

All of these yoga postures can do great things for people who have anxiety.

 

  1. Cat Pose

First go on all fours. Keep your knees directly under your hips and your wrists underneath your shoulders. Keep your head in a neutral position with your eyes looking at the floor.

As you exhale, arch your spine towards the sky and drop your head towards the floor.

Inhale, coming back to the neutral “tabletop” position.

 

  1. Cow Pose

Begin in a “tabletop” position. Again making sure your wrists are under your shoulders and your knees are directly below your hips.

Inhale as you look up and let your stomach fall towards the ground.

 

  1. Childs Pose

Kneel on your mat with your knees hip length apart.

As you exhale bend down bringing your chest over your thighs.

Bring the arms out in front of you and try to bring you head to the ground.

 

  1. Seated Forward Bend

Sit down with your legs straight out in front of you.

Inhale and lift your arms straight up. Exhale and bend forward trying to bring your arms towards your feet.

 

  1. Standing Forward Bend

Stand up with your feet hip width apart.

Raise your arms above you and as you exhale bend down towards the ground reaching for your toes.

Hold this pose for 10 breaths

 

  1. Butterfly Pose

Sit down with your legs straight in front of you.

As you exhale, bend your knees, pulling your heels toward your pelvis.

Bring your knees down to your sides and press your feet together.

Grasp your feet with your hands and try to bring your knees towards the ground.

 

  1. Legs Up the Wall Pose

Sit with your right or left side resting as close to the wall as possible.

Lift your legs up onto the wall and rest your head and shoulders on the mat.

Relax and hold this posture for as long as you like.

 

  1. Tree Pose

Stand up tall with your feet hip width apart.

Shift your weight to your right foot and bend your left knee to place your foot on your inner thigh or just below the knee.

Bring your hands in prayer position at your heart center.

 

  1. Camel Pose

Start kneeling with yours knees hip width apart.

Inhale lift the arms up.

Exhale, swing the arms back ad reach for your heels wrapping the fingers around the outside of the heels.

Keep pressing the hips forward, bring your chest up towards to the ceiling, and if you can bring your head back.

Hold 3-5 full breaths here.

 

  1. Corpse Pose

Lie down on your mat with your arms by your side and your palms up.

Relax your whole body and close your eyes.

 

Make sure to always practice these poses in a safe and comfortable place such as your home. Keep in mind that yoga may not be suitable for everyone as a method for controlling your anxiety.

 

 




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