7 Calming Yoga Poses for Dealing With Anxiety


by Ashley Rodriguez August 11, 2016

Sometimes we let daily stress and anxiety get the best of us and build up. If you’re anything like I usually am, you choose to not deal with stress and ignore it. Well that, my friends (me included), is not healthy. Stress and anxiety may not seem as serious to many, but they can lead to physical illness, heart disease, depression, headaches, and the list goes on. How do I deal with my anxiety though?

 

 

Well, there are many ways in which you can control anxiety.  It depends on your interests, and what helps you reach your happy place. Just make a note of scheduling some much needed me-time.


Taking up yoga is a great alternative for reducing stress and anxiety levels. Hatha yoga, one of the most practiced styles of yoga, is great for dealing with stress.

 


We’ve compiled 7 yoga poses that promote a more relaxed and restful you. Keep in mind that with each of these poses, the key is to focus on your breathing. 

 

Cat-Cow (Marjaryasana-Bitilasana)

Cat-cow is a combination of two poses that help release tension in the neck, back, and pelvis.

 

 

Begin in tabletop position, arch your back as you inhale with your head raised to the ceiling. Round your back as you exhale the air from your lungs. Make sure to focus on your breathing and clearing your mind. Continue for as long as you need.


Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana)

This cross between the downward facing dog and child’s pose helps calm an anxious  mind. Be sure to keep your elbows off the ground and to focus on taking long breaths. If you’re not as flexible and want to protect your lower back and knees, you can place a rolled-up towel or blanket between calves and thighs.

 

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

This pose is a place of rest in yoga that aids in easing the mind and stretch the back. Child’s pose helps to release tension in areas where people tend to store stress, the neck, back and shoulders.

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Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

The bridge pose helps you let go of tension, gently stretching the legs and back. It has been known to reduce anxiety, fatigue, backaches, headaches and insomnia.

 

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Triangle (Trikonasana)

    The triangle pose helps to deal with stress and anxiety. According to Yoga Journal, this pose is an excellent stress-reliever and full-body stretch. According to Bembu, this pose also stimulates the organs, and improves metabolism and digestion. This pose also helps stretch the spine, chest, shoulders, groin and hips. 

     

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    If you’re not as flexible, feel free to use a yoga block to aid you. Make sure when you're in this pose to keep your chest open, shoulders back and face up towards the ceiling.

     



    Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

      Anywhere there’s a wall, you can virtually perform this pose. But if you’re looking to relax, I’d suggest finding a nice soothing place to really relax. You can place a pillow or blanket on your lower back, right under your lumbar spine to relieve any lower back pressure you may feel.

       

        

      Corpse Pose (Savasana)

      This may possibly be the easiest pose we’ll show you. This is one of the most calming yoga poses. Lay flat on your yoga mat, eyes closed and with your palms out to your sides face-up. Although you may be tempted to fall asleep, we’d strongly recommend that you focus on your long breaths and trying to empty your mind of all those things stressing you out in the first place. At least for those few minutes. :)

       

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      Maybe your life is truly hectic, and you really don’t have much time to spare. Well, just 20 minutes of meditation in a relaxing spot can help significantly. Rachel Gillett, in her article How 20 Minutes of Meditation a Day Helped Me Deal With My Anxiety narrates her struggle with anxiety and how mindfulness meditation helped her deal with it.



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