Yoga is an amazing thing. People all over the world participate in yoga classes. In fact, there are 36.7 million participants of yoga in the United States alone. These people all have different reasons for joining.
Some people do yoga to get into shape. Some people join yoga classes at gyms to make friends and meet new people. Did you know there is more to these fitness classes than exercise? That’s right, yoga can actually be used to reduce anxiety. Let’s take a look at three calming poses you can incorporate into your every day routine.
This pose is most commonly referred to as the pose of rest in the world of yoga. It is often used in between difficult poses or vigorous workouts as a kind of respite. Child’s pose helps to release tension in the back, neck, and shoulders. These three areas of the body are most often where people carry their stress, especially anxiety related stress. It also encourages conscious breathing and promotes relaxation.
The tree pose is essential when trying to reduce anxiety with yoga. This pose brings into play basic standing balance. This helps with focus, concentration, and awareness. Tree pose can help you take your mind off of whatever is causing the anxiety in the first place. What’s great about this pose is that it really can be done anywhere, even standing in line at the grocery store or while watching your favorite movie.
This pose pulls double duty. While you are releasing anxiety from your body, you are also going to great strengthening lengths. “The warrior pose enhances core strength, improves coordination, balance and posture. It also stimulates your abdominal region, which helps to improve digestion,” Quentin Vennie, a certified yoga guide, told Mindbodygreen. This pose also helps the redirection of your thoughts. Instead of being caught inside of your head with anxiety-ridden thoughts, your mind now shifts to focusing on your physical body.
If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, remember these three yoga poses to help alleviate that mental and physical pain.