5 Tension-Taming Yoga Poses to Overcome Anxiety

Regular yoga practice can help you stay calm and relaxed in daily life and can also give you the strength to face events as they come without getting restless. Yoga practice ideally includes the complete package of body postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and the ancient yoga philosophy, all of which has helped several anxiety sufferers recover and face life with new positivity and strength.

Try them out, these are my favourites:

1. Inverted Staff Pose

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Sit backwards through a folding chair.
Holding on to the sides of the top of the chair, lift and broaden the chest while lying back over the seat.
The edge of the chair seat should support you near the middle of the back.
Straighten and extend the legs.
Open the chest and move your arms in between the front legs of the chair to grasp the back legs of the chair.
Raise your heels onto blocks or some other support.
Hold for 5 minutes.

2. Bridge Pose

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Keep the chair from the previous pose, but add a second chair for your feet and more support (a second bolster or more blankets) for your head.
Hold on to the top of the chair as you lie back on the seat.
Slide off the chair until your shoulders reach the bolster so that your shoulders and head are resting at the same level.
Place your feet on the second chair and straighten your legs with the heels apart.
Relax the abdomen and allow it to extend.
Hold for 5 minutes.

3. Seated Forward Bend

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Sit in a staff pose with a folded blanket under the buttocks, and put a bolster lengthwise on top of the thighs.
Place a folded blanket on top of the end of the bolster closest to your feet.
Extend your torso forward over the legs, and catch the feet with your hands.
Rest your forehead on the blanket and your abdomen on the bolster for 3 minutes.
Use more support if the props aren’t high enough, or place a chair in front of you.

4. Extended Puppy Pose

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Arms should be shoulder-width-distance-apart.
Keep your wrists under shoulders and knees under hips.
Place your tops of feet on the ground, and stretch your ankles on the mat.
Keep your feet in line with the knees.
Walk out both hands in front of you and the chest will be released towards the mat.
Hips remain over the knees and high up towards the ceiling.
Gently release forehead to the mat, keeping the spine long.
Activate both arms as you press into the palms and palms on the mat, keeping the elbows and forearms away from the mat, armpits are stretched, fingers spread out.
Relax the shoulders away from the ears and keep your neck relaxed.
Stay in this pose for 5 to 10 breath counts or longer.

5. Fish Pose

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Begin lying supine on the mat.
Bring your knees and ankles together and extend your legs straight towards the front of the mat.
Tuck your fingers, palms down, under your buttocks to support your hips throughout the pose.
Keeping your forearms close to your body, plant your elbows by your sides.
Lift off of your elbows and arms to raise the stomach and chest and arch your back against the mat.
Depending on the flexibility of your back, plant either the back of your head or the top of your head against the mat.
Push your chest upwards to open the heart and deepen the backbend.
Breath and hold the pose.

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