8 Topmost Yoga Poses To Alleviate Anxiety

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All of us go through moments in life that make us stressed, worried, and very anxious, sometimes so anxious that our thought pattern gets disrupted.

Some people prefer to self-medicate with drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy food, but what they do not understand is that these methods lead to other addictive behaviors. Although these methods may work temporarily, we cannot deny the fact that ends up numbing your feelings. What is needed here is a regular, long-term, and healthy routine that you will get from practicing yoga for anxiety.

How Yoga Helps In Reducing Anxiety

Often we feel like being surrounded by constant reluctance and fear as if there is just no way out of the stressful situations in our lives. If a regular practice of yoga is incorporated, the right poses can help to alleviate some of this anxiety.

Yoga for anxiety involves focusing on different postures, deep breathing, and stilling the mind. It helps you to calm down, keeps you present at the moment, and strengthens you mentally to fight through stressful situations.

Mentioned below are the best yoga poses that are helpful to ease anxiety and are possible for nearly everyone to attempt and practice.

Best 8 Yoga Poses For Anxiety

1. Camel Pose

Also known as Ustarasana, the Camel pose helps in releasing stress and improving blood circulation throughout the body. Improved blood circulation means a better supply of oxygen, which can be healing for your mind too.

2. Butterfly Pose

This one is a basic and quite simple yoga pose that is known for stretching the groin and inner thighs. It also helps in releasing tension and has a relaxing effect on your body. Just make sure your spine is erect while performing this pose.

3. Cat And Cow Pose 

Usually performed together, the cat and cow pose or Marjariasana helps in releasing tension from the spine. Also, it calms you and improves the overall flexibility of your body.

4. Bow Pose

Bow pose or Dhanurasana gives a nice stretch to your body. It opens up your neck, chest, and shoulders, and assists in releasing tension from these areas.

5. Bridge Pose

Also known as Setu Bandhasana, Bridge pose has the same benefit as Camel pose as it helps in improving blood circulation in the body. Additonally, it opens up the front of the heart and spine, which further assists in reducing stress by calming the mind.

6. Seated Forward Bend

Paschimottanasana or seated forward bend is beneficial in opening the spine and back of legs. Keep in mind to take slow and deep breaths while performing this pose and it can help in reducing anxiety and stress.

7. Child Pose

Also known as Balasana, the Child pose is a great restorative pose that leaves a rejuvenating effect on the body. This yoga pose is also done to get rid of neck and back pain.

8. Corpse Pose

Popularly known as Savasana, the Corpse pose is the closing pose performed at the end of every yoga session. It is known to relax and recharge your mind and body. You can also meditate while performing this pose.

Besides the yoga poses mentioned above, you can also try incorporating some breathing exercises like pranayama for 10 to 15 minutes in your exercise routine.

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