Help Relieve Anxiety With These Calming Yoga Poses
Your heart is beating out of your chest and you feel hot and sweaty, like your world is closing in on you. When anxiety begins to set in, sometimes some deep breathing can help prevent a full-on panic attack. Try to get to a calm space, close your eyes, and do these relaxing, grounding yoga poses.
Standing with your feet together, hands pressed at the heart center with the eyes closed, can help you focus on connecting with the earth to feel more grounded.
Wide-Legged Forward Bend
By letting your head hang, feeling blood circulating through the chest and up to the brain can feel both centering and invigorating.
Sitting comfortably, either in Lotus if that's easy for you or cross-legged, closing your eyes, and letting your mind go blank can make you feel calmer and more emotionally balanced.
The is the calming yoga pose because there's something incredibly relaxing about stretching the lower back while pressing the forehead and belly to the floor.
Legs Up the Wall
Leaning the weight of the legs into a wall can make you feel both physically and mentally supported. You can also rest the hands on the belly and focus on feeling each calming inhale and exhale.
Seated Heart Opener
When your mind is feeling claustrophobic, opening the chest and throat can bring a feeling of lightness and love to your mind and heart.
If anxiety is causing you a headache or an unbearable feeling of nervous energy, doing an inversion like Headstand or Shoulderstand can require so much attention that it redirects your thoughts and acts as a distraction to help anxious feelings pass more quickly.
Tightness in the hips and lower back can translate to tension in the mind, and this pose is one of the most relaxing ways to loosen up that area.
Lying Spinal Twist
Twists just feel good, which is bound to make you feel better. They can also relieve mental and physical stagnation, and get you out of a slump that can set off feelings of anxiety.
Sometimes you just need to lie down in a dark room away from everyone and everything, close your eyes, and listen to the slow sounds of your breath to gain your composure.