Looking for natural anxiety remedies? Yoga is the solution..
If you are looking for natural anxiety remedies, yoga is the way out.
Yoga Pose 1: Shavasana (Corpse pose)
To get into the position of shavasana
- Firstly, lie down on the floor on your back.
- Open up both your palms and keep them near your buttocks in such a position that your palms face the upward direction and your fist half open and half closed.
- Keep both your heels together, touching each other and your toes open (away from each other).
- Afterwards, allow your body to relax starting from your big toe followed by feet, palms, calves, knees, thighs, back, waist, chest, heart, shoulders, arms, neck, head muscles. Be careful that no part of the body remains stiff in the process and no kind of stress remains in your mind and body.
- Close your eyes and loosen your complete body.
- Breathe gently in this process.
- Stop thinking and empty your mind. To make it easier, try to concentrate only on the continuous breathing exercise. This is how you perform Shavasana.
Yoga Pose 2: Balasana (Child’s Pose)
In this asana, the body faces the floor in a foetal position. The knees and hips are bent with your shins on the floor. The chest can rest either on the knees or the knees can be spread to about the width of a yoga mat, allowing the chest to go between the knees. The head is stretched forward towards the ground with your forehead touching the ground. The arms may be stretched forward in front of the head or backwards towards the feet. Out of all anxiety remedies, yoga is the best one can do for easy escape and this asana works wonders in such condition.
Yoga Pose 3: Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend Pose)
This asana is practiced in four stages:
- In the first stage, stretch your legs straight and swing the upper part of your body back and forth. With each swing, try to reach to your hands, touching your knees, calves, ankles, and finally your toes.
- In the second stage, while exhaling bend forward to touch your knees with your hands.
- From the second stage, reach further to touch your toes.
- From the third stage, try to place your elbows on the side of your knees, and touch your knees with either your nose or your forehead.
If it is not possible for you to reach to your toes due to obesity or not able to touch your head to your knees, do not give up. You will gradually reach the point within few days and do not stretch your body more than required. It is important to exhale while bending forward. Keep your legs straight and knees touching the ground. Do not let your belly touch your thighs, in fact, keep it little above your thighs.
Hold your breath out for as long as possible in the position. After that, while inhaling leave your toes and sit straight. Repeat the same procedure after a while.
- In beginning, do it for 2-3 times daily and gradually increase the time.
- Always do this asana on an empty stomach.
- Do not practice this asana if you are suffering from large spleen, swelling in intestine, appendicitis or any disease related to stomach.
- People who practice yoga on daily basis can only understand the importance of yoga in daily life. Its effects are marvellous.
Yoga Pose 4: Bitilasana (Cow Pose)
- Start the asana on your four limbs in a table like position.
- Your knees placed right under your hips, and your wrists are in the same line as your shoulders.
- Let your head hang in a neutral position. Gaze at the floor.
- Inhale, and lift your buttocks up towards the ceiling as you open your chest. Let your abdomen sink towards the ground. Lift your head and look forward or towards the roof.
- Hold the pose for a few seconds. Then, breathe out and come back to the tabletop position.
- This asana is a combination of two movements. The counter movement is as follows: Exhale. Drop your chin to your chest as you arch your back and relax your buttocks. It is called the Bitilasana.
- Do the movement and counter-movement about five to six times before you come to a halt.
Yoga Pose 5 : Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose)
This pose is one of the easiest anxiety remedies one can opt for. It is easy to practice and you can do it at any time of the day. Viparita Karani or Legs-up-the-wall pose refers to a practice where the practitioner is upside down. This asana can include the asanas of shoulder stand (sarvangasana), headstand (sirsasana), or handstand. In the hatha yoga pradipika, as in most classical texts on haṭha yoga, viparita karani is listed as a mudra, meaning its purpose is for the directing of energy or kundalini upwards within the body as opposed to asanas which are used in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika to create steadiness.
In one popular expression of viparita karani as an asana in modern postural yoga, it resembles Salambna Sarvangasana (supported shoulder stand) but with flexion in the thoracic spine (rather than the cervical spine, elbows on the floor and hands supporting hips or lower back.
Variations include bringing the soles of the feet together such as in Baddha Kongasana or letting the legs fall outward into a straddle.
Yoga Pose 6: Uttanasana (forward-bending pose)
The asana consists of standing with feet together, then hinging forward from the hips, letting the head hang, with palms placed flat on the floor near the feet.
Yoga Pose 7: Marjaryasana (Cat Pose)
This asana is one of the most common anxiety remedies.
- Start this asana on your fours. Form such that your back forms the table top and your hands and feet form the legs of the table.
- Keep your arms in 90 degrees to the floor, directly under the shoulders; your knees are hip width apart. Look straight forward.
- As you inhale, raise your chin up and your head back, push your belly downwards and raise your tailbone and compress your butt.
- Hold the Cat pose and take deep breaths.
- And as you exhale, drop your chin to your chest and arch your back up as much as you can; relax the buttocks.
- Hold this pose for a while and return to the initial table-like position.