Yoga Poses for Anxiety Relief (with pictures)
Anxiety will undoubtedly affect everyone at some point in their life. Whether your anxiety is related to your job, school, or even life at home, yoga poses can help you relax and find inner peace. Try the following simple poses during times of stress to get yourself back on track and avoid stress related illnesses and injuries.
1) Child's Pose - Balasana
This pose is a comforting pose that can help you feel grounded. Relax in this pose as long as you need until your mind is quiet and you feel peaceful.
2) Standing Forward Bend - Uttanasana
This pose can feel very relaxing due to its inversion properties. Doing this pose several times throughout the day can help you to de-stress and re-gain energy.
3) Legs Up The Wall - Viparita Karani
This restorative yoga pose helps you to root your body and let stress drift away. Try staying in this pose for five minutes for stress relief and circulatory benefits. Use blankets or props if you like.
4) Cat/Cow Pose - Marjaryasana/Bitilasana
These two poses, when done together, create a relaxing flow in the body and they help to curb stress. It helps you to bring awareness back to your body and your breathing.
5) Fish Pose - Matsyasana
This pose opens your heart both physically and spiritually. It also opens the chest and lungs, allow you to breathe easier and circulate your system with fresh air. By opening the body in this pose, you can remove tension and stress clogs.
6) Reclined Bound Angle Pose - Supta Baddha Konasana
This grounding pose helps to relax and calm your mind. For extra support, you can place pillows or bolsters underneath your knees. Do this pose to relieve both physical and mental tension.
7) Bridge Pose - Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
This back bending pose can help you to improve your mood whether you are feeling anxious or down. It helps to calm the mind while providing your body with renewed energy.
8) Corpse Pose - Savasana
Savasana should always be practiced at the end of your yoga routine in order to completely relax and let the poses soak into your body. Allow any remaining anxiety and stress to melt away while you are in savasana.