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How Can Yoga Improve Your Mood and Attitude?

Updated on December 26, 2015

How Does Yoga Lift Your Mood?

The practice of yoga asanas, particularly back bends, are highly associated with the positive emotional effects that are produced with the practice of yoga. After the completion of these exercises, one feels more exuberant, or gaining a renewed sense of energy. Depression therapy or other types of psychological therapy even involve a great deal of back bends since these poses help to open up your chest. During this action, you are able to release any form of negative emotions such as anger, anxiety, stress, and fear. Once you have let go of those, you will feel reinvigorated and renewed. But this is more than just psychological since expanded lung capacity is physiologically considered to affect your mood and behavior.


Suggested Poses

The physical aspect of yoga is an essential part for helping you attain better mood and attitude. Your body is considered as a temple for your spiritual body, which is why it serves as the gateway towards that meditative journey that offers the most important benefits in yoga.

Bending exercises are considered to be most effective in eliminating stress and lifting your mood. Below are some of the poses you could try to experience these benefits.

Half Camel or Ardha Ushtrasana

The Half Camel Pose is recommended for those who want to practice yoga for improved vitality. This helps to exercise your facial muscles to give you a younger looking skin, while at the same time boosting your body's capacity for energy so you can produce a more positive mood.

While sitting on your heels, raise your hips to get into a kneeling position. When you inhale, stretch out your right hand in front of you. As you exhale, stretch your left hand on the back in an effort to grab one of your ankles. Practice comfortable breathing as you hold yourself into position for a few minutes. Upon releasing, return to the starting position to repeat the entire process. For better results, you can do this for at least three times each session.

Camel Pose

Camel Pose or Ushtrasana

If you are starting to feel any form of tension in your limbs, the Camel Pose will help to re-energize your body, altering your mood. This is also a good stretching work-out for your hands and legs.

Start while sitting on your heels and begin raising your hips so you are now in a kneeling position. Begin to inhale as you bend your back in an effort to reach your ankle with your hands. As you do this, allow your head to slightly drop back to support this motion. Make sure that you are breathing normally while exerting an effort to push out your torso. This position will enhance the curve and flexibility of your spine. Hold yourself in position for as long as possible.

Standing Crescent Pose or Ardha Chandrasana

This is another suggested pose to uplift your spirit and therefore produce a more vibrant attitude. Aside from that, it has several physical benefits like treating backache, toning your spine, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, and regulating your breathing pattern.

To perform the Standing Crescent Pose, start with a straight standing position. As you inhale, begin raising your arms overhead. Once your arms are fully raised, exhale. As you start to inhale again, bend your back slightly starting from the waist area as you simultaneously lift your head upwards to gaze at the raised arms. Stay in position and release only for as long as you can hold.

Yoga Asanas - Warrior Pose Virabhadrasana Asana

Warrior Pose or Virabhadrasana

In this back bend version of the Warrior Pose, you will be able to lift your mood and enlighten your perspective, turning it into a positive vibe. Performing this on a regular basis would help to boost your physical and mental stamina while also improving your spinal health. But most importantly, it stimulates your mind and mood such that you hold more control over your emotions instead of the other way around.

To perform the Warrior Pose, start by jumping such that when you land it leaves about a meter of space in between your feet. Then, spread out your arms in the same level with your shoulders while making them parallel to the ground. Flare out your left foot as you slightly place your other foot inward. As you raise your hands upward while facing together, begin with inhalation and exhalation.

As you inhale, bend your hips slightly and lift your head upwards such that you are now looking toward your hands. Stay in this position for as long as you can hold while breathing in a normal pattern. You can repeat this again but starting on the other side.

Meditation for Better Mood and Attitude

Time and again, meditation has proven itself to be effective in improving the quality of one's life. This is one of the main reasons why yoga has been embraced by several people as part of their regular routine.

During meditation, you have all the amount of control needed on how long or short each session is going to last. In fact, you can do it basically anywhere provided that you have enough mind control to block out all noises and distraction from the outside world as you try to reconnect with your internal self.

Yoga Meditation Visualized

Techniques for Meditation

Meditation is one of the most difficult aspects in yoga, especially for beginners. But it is just all about mastery of the techniques and proper mind control that will enable you to meditate with more success. Make sure to take note of corresponding breathing exercises so you can calm your nerves and learn how to focus your attention.

Here are some important conditions and requirements when you are about to embark on a meditation practice so you can improve mood, behavior, and attitude:

  • A quiet environment with the least amount of distraction is always beneficial to your meditation practice. If you cannot find one at home, improvise. Redesign your room, for instance, such that it exudes a calming thought or sensation so you can induce relaxation and be in the mood for meditation.
  • As soon as you have found the most ideal place for meditation, focus on calming your mind and body. Think of an object, image, or thought that recreates a sense of serenity or peace in your mind.
  • Begin with your breathing exercises. Deep breathing is one of the most recommended technique during meditation.
  • Maintain your focus on the visual images so you can stay within your meditative state until the entire routine is completed.

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