This is a specially trying time for people all over the world as we face a threat to our health, financial stability, and state of mind. Holistic practices like yoga become all the more important tool now to help us tide over challenges. Through asanas, and breathing techniques it is possible to keep the mind and the body strong and healthy. Yoga builds discipline much needed at a time like this when many have lost their sense of purpose. People all across the globe have experienced varying degrees of depression, or other mental disturbances.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a form of mental disorder which can hamper your daily functioning. Anxiety can be known to cause constant and overwhelming feeling of oppression and fear. People suffering from anxiety could avoid going to work or school and stay away from family get-togethers. Any social situation could trigger or worsen the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety disorders can affect your breathing, sleep cycles, appetite and your ability to concentrate. Symptoms may vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder you have.
Yoga Asanas to manage symptoms of Anxiety
Listed below are 5 yoga poses to ace while you think anxiety and panic are making it difficult for you to live well:
Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
Begin standing with your feet together in Padahasathasana. With the left leg back, drop your knee and extend your toes out. Look upwards while lifting your arms over the head. Make sure that you maintain your balance all throughout. Align your right knee with your ankle. Form an arch by bending your upper body. This should resemble a half moon). Repeat on the other side.
Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Make sure you have a mat on the flor, and then you sit on your heels. while sitting on the heels, spread your knees apart to a comfortable distance. Inhale and raise arms above head. While bending your upper body, exhale and place your palms on the floor. Pelvis should rest on the heels. Ensure that your back is not hunched. Place a soft blanket or cushion under your knees or under your buttocks for support. The benefits of doing balasana are plenty and ne must do it with much caution.
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
Lie on the floor, and bend your knees keeping your feet on the floor, heels as close to the sitting bones as possible. As you exhale push your tailbone upward and lift the buttocks off the floor. Keep your thighs and inner feet parallel. Interlock your fingers and place your hands below your pelvis extending the arms to align over your shoulders. Lift up until the thighs are about parallel to the floor. Align your knees over the heels. Lift your sternum toward the chin. To release, exhale and bring the spine slowly down onto the floor.
Kneel and place your hands on the hips. Inhale and raise both arms up parallel to each other. Keep your back straight and stay in this posture for a couple of breaths. Breathe out and slowly release into Balasana.
Lie on your back, and bring your palms on the floor beside your body. Engage your abdominal muscles to lift your legs up 90 degrees. Slowly lift up the pelvis to allow your legs to fall back behind your head. Let your toes touch the floor behind you and support your lower back with your palms if necessary.
Hold these postures anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on your body’s capacity and fitness level. Yoga and spirituality influences your life in a powerful and positive way. Yoga builds mindfulness as it trains your mind to stay in the present moment and stay aware. You can combine the asanas along with certain simple meditation techniques such as Swaas Dhyan, Aarambh Dhyan etc. These techniques teach you to regulate your moods and emotions better so you are blissful and stress-free.
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