When times get overwhelming, many of us tend to feel anxious. Anxiety is a disorder that instigates fear, worry, apprehension and nervousness. Anxiety can affect us not only emotionally but it can begin to affect us physically as well. Severe anxiety can have a major impact on our daily lives. Yoga gives us a good stretch and heals the nervous system. This stretch calms the mind and relaxes the body, releasing the tension that is trapped in your muscles. When the nervous system is stimulated, endorphins are released and helps us relieve stress. Instead of taking anti-anxiety medication, here’s a few easy yoga poses you can do to help calm your nerves.
Standing forward bend – Uttanasana
Starting off in Tadasana, inhale bring your arms up and exhale fold forward from the hip joints. Lengthen your torso as you are descending forward.
If possible, bring your hands to the floor or bring the palms to the back of your ankles. If not, cross your forearms, hold your elbows and relax the neck.
Stay here between 5 – 10 breaths.
Inhale, bring your hands to your hips and slowly come up, keeping the tailbone down to arrive in Tadasana.
Bridge Pose – Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Lie supine on the floor. Bend on your knees and bring the heels as close as you can to your sitting bones.
Inhale, press the inner edge of your feet and arms to the floor and lift the hips up toward the sky. Engage the legs and buttocks, keeping the knees hips width distance apart.
Interlace the fingers behind the back. Hold between 5 – 10 breaths.
Childs pose – Balasana
Kneel on the yoga mat with your legs together, sitting on the back of your heels.
Fold forward until your chest rests on your thighs and until your forehead reaches the floor.
Bring your hands back in line with your feet with the palms facing upward.
Hold here for 5 breaths.
Legs up the wall pose – Viparita Karani
Sit with the hips against the wall and come onto your back.
Bring the legs up the wall. Your bottom should be pressed as close to the wall as possible.
Stay here anywhere between 5 – 15 minutes. Taking the time you need to calm down and relax.
Come out of the pose by sliding off the wall onto the floor before turning to a side. Make sure to not just twist yourself out of the posture.
Puppy Pose – Uttana Shishosana
Come on to all fours. Make sure your shoulders are above your wrists and your hips are above your knees.
Walk your hands forward and curl your toes under. Start bringing your chin and chest towards the ground while keeping your hips in the air. If you are very flexible, you could try bringing your sternum towards the floor.
Activate arms by pressing down palms and lift elbows and forearms away from the ground.
Relax your neck and breathe into your back, lengthening the spine.
Hold here between 5 – 10 breaths.
Gently lift the forehead from the ground and walk the hands backwards, returning to all fours.
Corpse Pose – Savasana
Lie flat on back with arms by your side.
Keep your eyes closed. Bring your attention to each part of the body, starting from the top of the head. Even relax the jaw and soften the tongue.
Hold here for at least 5 minutes.
All of these postures have a stress relieving and anxiety reducing affect. We hope you can engage in these postures and bring more tranquility into your day. <3