These Are The Yoga Poses That Relieve Anxiety

Many people perform yoga when stress or anxiety start to creep in. You may find that focusing simultaneously on your breath and your ability to be present in each posture can help you avoid negative mental chatter. It’s about meeting oneself where one is. Practicing these yoga poses even for a few minutes a day can have a major impact, if you’re ready to learn and practice.

These Are The Yoga Poses That Relieve Anxiety

Tree Pose

Manage your weight with your right foot and slowly lift it off of the ground. Gradually, turn the sole of your left foot towards the inside of your left leg. Now, place it on the outside of your left calf, ankle, or thigh. Avoid pressing your foot into your knee. Now, place your hands in a comfortable position. Possibly a prayer position in front of your heart or hanging alongside. Hold this pose for 2 minutes or so and then repeat on the other side. 

Triangle Pose

Stand straight. Separate your feet approximately 3.5-5 feet apart. Take your right foot out by 90 degrees and left foot in by 15 degrees. Now, align the centre of your right heel with the centre of the arch of your left foot. Ensure that your feet press the ground and the weight of your body is equally balanced on both of your feet. Inhale deeply. As you exhale, bend your body towards the right, downward from the hips, keeping the waist stiff and straight, allowing your left hand to go up in the air while your right hand goes down towards the floor. Keep both arms aligned in a straight line. Let your right hand rest on your shin, ankle, or the floor outside your right foot, whatever is possible without causing discomfort in the sides of the waist. Stretch your left arm towards the ceiling, in line with the tops of your shoulders. .It is advisable to keep your head in a neutral position. Make sure that your body is bent sideways and not backward or forward. Pelvis and chest should be wide open. Stretch your body to the maximum  limit and be steady. Keep taking deep breaths. With each exhalation, relax your body.  Inhaling deeply, come up, bring your arms down to your sides, and straighten your feet. Repeat the same steps on the other side.

Standing Forward Bend

Stand straight, keeping the feet together and arms alongside the body. Balance your weight equally on both the feet. Take a deep breath and extend your arms overhead. While exhaling, bend forward towards the feet. Stay in the same posture for 20-30 seconds and continue breathing deeply. Keep your legs and spine erect; let your hands rest either on the floor, beside your feet or on the legs.  While exhaling, move the chest towards the knees; lift the pelvic region and tailbone higher; press the heels down; let your head relax and move it gently towards the feet. Breathe in and stretch your arms forward and up, gradually come up to the standing position. Exhale and bring the arms to the sides

Head-to-Knee Forward Bend

Sit on the edge of a folded blanket or cushion with your left leg extended. Now press the sole of your right foot into your left thigh. Also, you can place a cushion under either of your knees for support. Inhale slowly as you extend your arms overhead. Exhale gradually as you hinge at the hips, lengthening your spine to fold forward. Now, rest your hands anywhere on your body or floor. Remain in this posture for up to 5 minutes. Then repeat on the other side.

Extended Puppy Pose

Bring your body in a tabletop position. Then, extend your hands forward by a few inches and sink your buttocks down toward your heels. Now, press onto your hands and engage your arms muscles while keeping your elbows lifted. Now, gently rest your forehead on the floor and allow your chest to open and soften while performing this pose. Hold this pose for up to two minutes

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