Life can be stressful, and when you have anxiety it can make things even more difficult. Mental health is a subject that is near and dear to our hearts and we are constantly fighting against the stigma that says its not ok to need help. IT IS ok to need help. IT IS OK TO NOT BE OK. If you struggle with anxiety, or maybe you are just a little bit of a worrier from time to time, we thought it might be helpful to give you a few yoga poses that we have found to help us through anxious times.
- Twists. Maybe it’s just us, but for some reason twists just seem to release every bit of worry that we feel. Imagine you are a sponge or a washcloth, and you’ve been soaking in every bit of stress, every bit of worry, every bit of anxiety. Now, imagine when you twist that you are wringing all those feelings out. Every bit of worry just drips away as you twist from one side, and then to the other, holding for a few breaths on each side.
- Child’s Pose. This is a great one if you want to get a little introverted and just shut everything out. Rest your head on your mat, close your eyes, and breathe deeply for 5 deep breaths (or 10 or 15… we aren’t judging).
- Standing forward fold. Let yourself fold over and just hang out. This gives you a nice stretch through your back. Relax your neck and just let your head be heavy. It may even feel good to gently sway from side to side.
- Savasana or Legs up the wall. Obviously savasana is relaxing, but another way you can practice is to lie down with your legs resting up against the wall. You can even put a bolster under your low back to get more of an incline if you’d like. Let your legs be heavy, close your eyes, release your shoulders away from your ears, and give your mind some rest.
- Butterfly (seated or reclined). Bringing the soles of your feet together in butterfly. You can choose to fold forward over your feet, or you can lie all the way down onto your back and just let your knees begin to fall towards the floor.
Theses are a few of our tried and true favorites when it comes to relieving anxiety. Whether being anxious is a recurring theme in your life, or maybe you just feel it before a big meeting, or before you get on a plane, give these poses a try.
Remember to breathe deeply, listen to your favorite calming music, and be patient with yourself.