Yoga for Anxiety
There is a reason people turn to yoga when feelings of anxiety start to creepin. We may be experiencing a period of stress, a heavy workload, or a feeling of overwhelm.
You may find that focusing on both your breath and conscious movement, supports your ability to be present in the pose, and can then help quiet the mental chatter. A combination of breathwork, movement and mantra can boost your overall mood.
It’s all about meeting yourself where you are.
Tuning into you.
Practicing one or two postures for just a few minutes a day can have a major impact on your mental and physical health, if you’re open to the practice.
To bring awareness and mindfulness to your practice, notice the sensations that move throughout your body as you come into each pose.
Allow yourself to feel and experience whatever emotions arise.
If you feel your thoughts start to scatter, kindly and gently bring your mind back to the mat, to your breath and to your body and continue your practice.
Take a look at some of my favorite anxiety-busting postures below.
Child’s pose calms the body, mind and spirit and stimulates the third eye point.
Child's pose gently stretches the lower back, massages and tones the abdominal organs, and stimulates digestion and elimination. It can help to relieve back and neck pain, and muscular tension.
Mentally, this grounding pose is a great way to let go of worries, rest, relax, and rejuvenate to provide relief from stress, anxiety, and fatigue. It can foster a sense of calm, comfort, contentment, and safety.
Holding this pose for as little as one minute, you will notice a shift in energy.
(featured in week 1 of the Intune Yoga Daily membership program)
Standing Forward Fold
Standing Forward Bend can improve your body awareness and balance.
As a calming and relaxing pose, it can help you manage stress as it activates the relaxation response (your parasympathetic nervous system) and deactivates the stress response (your sympathetic nervous system).
It can give you a sense of letting go, a release, whilst still feeling grounded.
This pose also stretches the back side of your body, including your back and shoulders, buttocks (glutes), back of your thighs (hamstrings), calf muscles, and the soles of your feet.
(featured in week 2 of the Intune Yoga Daily program)
This classic standing pose requires focus on balance, and in bringing the body to centre, it may also help you focus inward, quieting racing thoughts. It is the combination of focus on breath, and on balance that helps you stay grounded in the present moment, which can assist with shifting anxious feelings.
It can also boost energy, strengthen the core, stretch around your shoulders and your back (latissimus dorsi).
Tree Pose teaches you to simultaneously press down and feel rooted as you reach tall like the branches of a mighty tree. It promotes a sense of balance, strength and confidence.
(featured in week 7 of the Intune Yoga Daily program)
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