Yoga for Depression and Anxiety: 6 Poses to Boost Your Mood
By Bipin Baloni
Yoga is a holistic art of healing and has numerous yoga poses that can work miracles on the mind and body. Similarly, there are some miraculous yoga asanas that rebalance the body energetically and neurologically to restore calmness, harmony, happiness and bring positivity.
Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Balasana is restorative, as it relaxes the entire being and uplifts the mood instantly. You need to kneel down on the mat keeping your feet together and then sit on your heels placing the hips over them. Inhale and raise your arms overhead, exhale and bend the torso folding from the hip joint. Place the abdomen in between the thighs, forehead on the mat, hands in front of you and stay in the pose for at least a couple of minutes.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
The asana enables better blood flow in the body and provides calmness while reducing anxiety and depression. You need to form a posture like that of a table by being on your four — hands and knees. Then straighten your elbows, raise your hips, come to your feet and form an inverted V with the body. Keep the hands and shoulders, and knees and feet aligned. Keep your head in between arms and hold the pose for 30 seconds.
Halasana (Plow Pose)
An amazing pose of yoga, Halasana calms the brain, reduces stress, and soothes the nervous system. Lie down flat on the mat with arms and legs placed freely. Now place the hands on your back for support, and then lift your legs slowly off the mat. Then lift your hips and back off the ground placing the weight on the shoulders. Continue to take the legs over the head and hold for 10-20 seconds.
Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
Imbibe the features of the tree by being strong, steady and gracious with the asana and improve neuro-muscular coordination while reducing anxiety and depression. Stand erect on the floor with the legs together and hands beside the body. Now fold the right knee outward and place the sole of right foot on the inner side of the left thigh. Now take the arms upward over the head and join in Anjani Mudra. Hold the pose, release and repeat on the other side.
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
Release tension and reduce stress with this amazing mood-boosting yoga pose. Uttanasana improves the functioning of the nervous system, calms the mind and reduces anxiety. You need to stand straight on the floor and then bend the torso forward folding from the hip joint. Bring your hands down and put them beside your feet and hold the pose for 20-30 seconds.
Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
You will be extremely benefited from the pose if suffering from anxiety, depression or/and stress. Lie flat on the floor and support the back with your hands, and then slowly pull your legs off the ground. Ensure that the body is in a straight line while balancing on your shoulders. Be in the pose for a while and relax.
These asanas infuse energy and vitality into the entire body and mind, fill you with positivity, and make you able to fight depression and anxiety.
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Yoga Teacher Training in India. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.
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