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Mandy Ingber Says Yoga Helped Her Through the Death of Her Father, Recommends Child Pose For Heartbreak

Mandy Ingber's Yoga Pose to Heal a Broken Heart

Dealing with a breakup or the loss of a loved one can be an incredibly painful experience to go through. I deal with heartbreak by increasing my workout schedule — exercising produces endorphins, after all. But when the pain is too much to bear, I turn to yoga. Mandy Ingberyoga instructor to Jennifer Aniston — told BounceBack that yoga helped her cope with the death of her father. A recent study even suggested that yoga produces higher levels of "mood improvement" in participants than other types of exercise. If you are going through a difficult period in your life, Mandy recommends Child Pose.

"It is humble. It is restorative; it calms the nervous system and stretches the back. They say that backbends are heart openers. For me, the last thing I want to do when I am heartbroken is open my heart more! Anything forward-bend is pretty calming. Sometimes though, when there's a lot of anger, Sun Salutes rock. Getting that anger to move OUT."

Has practicing yoga ever gotten you through a difficult period in your life?

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Advah Advah 6 years
Oh yes. Endless repetitions of sun salutations really got me out of a bad breakup. Difficult to focus on that, but being forced to empty my mind or let go of bitterness/sadness/whatever even for a few minutes feels amazing. Makes me want to do some yoga now actually, I could use some rest..
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