In the modern world, our lives are filled with hustle and bustle that have left many of us at the dismay of stress and anxiety.
The worry lines on the forehead are a clear manifestation of people’s continuous anxious state of mind. It’s continuous suffering for people who feel out of control and live lives under presumed fear or panic.
How to control anxiety?
Anxiety is a state of mind’ which over the time becomes a chronic disorder. However, before we dig into ways to control anxiety, let’s just get a brief understanding of anxiety and how it affects people.
To sum it up briefly, anxiety is a disorder, a chronic disorder that is known to set off feelings of fear, worry, anger, apprehension, and nervousness.
Once a person becomes the victim to anxiety, it controls his/her behavior and prolonged exposure to anxiety might even affect the person physically.
Anxiety is a feeling of being unsettled and while most of us fall victim to anxiety at some point of time, however, a chronic victim of anxiety may fall for serious repercussions in personal, professional and family lies.
A person with anxiety losses controls over his mind, which leads to his fall as a victim to the disorder. Yoga is a powerful therapy that helps reclaim the mind control by deep meditation, extensive breathing and specific postures.
Yoga helps to reinstate control of our body and mind by letting us free from competing with anyone else. It liberates our bodies and our minds from worldly pressures; which often subdues our natural strengths.
By focusing on specific yoga postures, allaying the mind and focusing on breathing, you can calm your nerves and reinstate a state of mind that’s focused in the present; not stuck around in the past or worried about the future.
While you practice general yoga poses, your mind gets relieved of the stress and worries, while your body encounters a feeling of relaxation and calmness. Breathing and moving in certain flow help activate the parasympathetic nervous system which releases happy hormones (endorphins); thus relieving your mind and body of the unnecessary burden.
Below are some yoga poses that you can practice to help relieve your anxiety and mental stress:
Benefits: Child's pose is the most common yoga pose. Mostly used while resting between the sequence. A great pose which helps to stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles while reducing stress and fatigue. It gently relaxes the muscles on the front of the body while softly and passively stretching the muscles of the back torso.
Tips: Women who are pregnant and people with a recent knee injury should avoid this pose..
Benefits: Basic yoga pose which is usually practiced for warm-ups. Stimulate abdominal organs like adrenal glands and kidneys. Relieve back pain, improve posture by strengthening neck and back muscles. The breathing pattern also helps you to calm down and relieve you from stress and anxiety..
Tips: Keep your belly engage throughout the pose; make slow movement by deepening your breaths. Limit your movements in case of backaches.
Benefits: Great for increasing your balance and developing lower body strength. Enhance the range of motion and stability in your shoulders. Develop core endurance for sports such as swimming cycling etc. Awesome for teaching body awareness makes you more productive and enhances concentration.
Tips: Try to square your hips by lowering the hip of the raised leg and press down harder through the planted foot to raise the hip of the planted leg to even out your hips. For the modification, place a hand on a yoga block under the shoulder to maintain the balance.
Benefits: A beginner level balancing pose, which prepares yourself for advance poses. But that's not it, not only this pose strengthens and fine-tunes legs, hips and core muscles, but it is also great for better concentration and revitalizing your mood. Tree pose also create muscle alertness for better movement and reduced risk of sports injuries.
Tips: Focus on a non-moving point in front of you to help with balance. If your balance is out, place the bottom of lifted foot anywhere along the inside of your standing leg.
Benefits: If done properly this pose stretches almost all of the muscles in the body. While strengthening the spine this pose also stimulate the abdominal organs which results in better digestion and metabolism. This pose also detoxifies the body, improve lung capacity and reduce abdominal fat.
Tips: For modification, instead of reaching back with both hands, do a half camel pose with one hand at a time. The arm that is not reaching back for the foot reaches up to the ceiling. In case of knee tension, cushion the knees with a blanket.
Benefits: Stretches spine and hamstring muscles which reduces the chances of injuries and maintain flexibility. Improvised body posture. Calms your mind and helps to relieve you from a stress headache and mild depression. Stimulate abdominal organs for better digestion.
Tips: Don't round your back by bringing your shoulders forward. If flexibility is an issue let your knees slightly bend and deepen the stretch with every exhale. For modification place a yoga block in front your feet and grab it while bending.
Benefits: A passive yet very efficient pose to relieve stress and relax your mind and body. Gently stretches your hamstring and lower back. Reduces edema in legs and feet and increases blood flow towards upper body and brain, which helps to calm down your nervous system and relieves lower back tension.
Tips: If your hamstrings are tight, lie on your back with your hips a few inches away from the wall and your legs up the wall with both knees bent. Plant your feet on the wall. For tight hamstrings, add a yoga block or blanket under your hips to elevate them.
Benefits: Basic hip opener pose with enormous other benefits. Stimulate internal organs which improve digestion and detox. Relives you from all day of muscle fatigue. Improve hip flexibility for more mobile hips and more fluid change of direction. Great meditation pose to flush out all day stress.
Tips: For a more relaxed version to stretch the lower back, pull the body forward to lengthen the spine, and then fold your head towards the ground.
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