Yoga is not only an exercise it is an ancient science. Practicing yoga not only makes you stronger and flexible but it can change your lifestyle and sort a lot of health issues which come along with our modern day-to-day life.
The first set of asanas are the twisted poses: Yoga Poses For Mental Health
Twisted poses open up your chest, shoulders and back which in turn reduces anxiety. Twisted poses like Marichasana and it’s variation can be practiced.
Inverted Poses: Yoga Poses For Mental Health
Are excellent for to practice as they encourage venous blood flow from your legs, pelvic area to your heart and lung where the oxygenation process happens.
You can try Sarvangasana or shoulder stand, headstands and handstands for this.
Child’s pose: Yoga Poses For Mental Health
Child’s pose is one of the best relaxation poses. Sit on your knees and now bend forward trying to touch forehead to the ground and move it from side to side. This leads to calmness and soothens the brains.
Forward folds: Yoga Poses For Mental Health
Forward folds like Uttanasana or standing forward bend reduce insomnia, fatigue, headaches and calms your nervous system. To do this asana, stand up, inhale extend your hands up pulling and extending your torso. Now start bending from your hips, exhaling as you go down and touch the hand to your feet.
Savasana or the Corpse pose
Savasana is one of the best relaxation and meditative poses. This helps you focus on your breath and shut your mind for sometime, while relaxing each part of your body. It’s great to bring about a calmness and when you slowly get out of it you are ready for a new bright day.
Infact, I would suggest closing all physical practice with Savasana.
Apart from these do try adding pranayamas like balancing breath, closing seven gates(brahmari), anulom vilom and kapalbhati to your daily practice. These have individual benefits and I am attaching a video on the same below for your reference.
Even if you can give 5 minutes after all this to meditation it will have huge benefits in the long run. I understand closing the eyes and trying to sit without distraction is tough but you can try guided meditation. I also use a few apps which have guided meditation.
Some other tips which seem miniscule but will help are;
- Eat healthy
- Sleep well
- Take some time off for yourself
- Think Positive and
- Be kind
When you work so much on fitness of your physical self, why not anything for your mental health?