Yes, we have heard time and time again that working out can benefit our physical and mental health. There is no denying that but what kinds of workouts are best for anxiety?
Well, to be completely honest, yoga might be exactly what you need. There have actually even been several studies in regards to it and the benefits it can provide for you. One study carried out by researchers at the University of Utah found that people with more severe reactions to stress who did practice yoga ended up having the highest pain tolerance. It helped them reduce physical pain, and made them more able to manage their stress.
According to Harvard.edu some of the benefits associated with yoga are as follows:
Although many forms of yoga practice are safe, some are strenuous and may not be appropriate for everyone. In particular, elderly patients or those with mobility problems may want to check first with a clinician before choosing yoga as a treatment option.
But for many patients dealing with depression, anxiety, or stress, yoga may be a very appealing way to better manage symptoms. Indeed, the scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent. The evidence is growing that yoga practice is a relatively low-risk, high-yield approach to improving overall health.
Doing yoga benefits our brains in many ways. It helps us relax and makes it easier to unwind. While it might not be the easiest way to exercise the more you do it the better you get and right off the bat it is pretty damn interesting. There are actually even poses specifically for reducing anxiety. These poses do not take long to do and can be done in a mere 20 minutes if need be.
Some of the more common poses for anxiety include Ustrasana, Dandasana, Shavasana, and so many more. That being said, I think if we start off simple things will be much easier. Below I am going to go over some of the more common simple yoga poses you can do to relieve your stress and anxiety. Keep in mind if you want to do more you can always search online and find some you like.
This pose is when we kneel on our mats and place our hands on our hips. We keep our shoulders and knees aligned and inhale. When inhaling draw your tailbone inward towards your pubis until you feel a pull at the belly button. From here you will arch your back and slide your palms down over your feet. Holding this position for about 30-60 seconds will feel great. Click here to learn more about this pose.
This pose will work with you to build core strength. Sit down on the ground with your legs out and your feet pointed upward. Press your butt to the floor and work to align yourself. Flex your feet and press your heels. From here you will need to place your palms next to your hips on the floor and ground through relaxing you will be able to ground your body. Do this for about 30 seconds, click here to learn more about this pose.
This pose is basically lying flat on your back with your arms and legs out but still somewhat parallel. Close your eyes and leave your palms open. Do not fall asleep but begin from your toes and work your way up drawing your attention from within. Breathe slowly but completely and relax. For more on this pose click here.
This is often referred to as the child’s pose and is quite simple. Begin on your hands and knees with your big toes touching. Keep your hands directly under your arms and your legs hip distance apart. Breathe in and out and really let yourself relax. Click here to learn more about this pose.
This one is easily my current favorite. Standing tall with your feet hip-width apart shift your weight to your right leg and bend your left knee. Place the sole of your left foot into your inner right thigh and allow yourself to balance there. Place your hands into prayer position and relax. This can be repeated for as long as you need on either side. To learn more about this pose click here.
This one can be a bit complicated so I say wait till you are more comfortable with yoga before trying it. To do this you start on your hands and knees. You keep your arms shoulder-width apart and lock your hands together so that your pinkies can touch the floor. From here you place the crown of your head on the ground and tuck your toes while lifting your hips as high as you can slowly walking toward your upper half. Basically, you end up doing a headstand. To learn more about this pose click here.
This is another one of my favorites. It is a very common easy to do pose that many enjoy. Place a pillow under your back and sit close to a wall, walk your legs up the wall until they are straight. Keep your butt against the wall and your shoulders and head on the mat or pillow. Close your eyes and relax for awhile. To learn more about this pose click here.
All of these poses will work amazingly but if you are looking to learn more or try different ones check out the video below. While some of these might be on the video the rest are all quite unique and fairly simple. Will you be giving yoga a try? It has helped me tremendously.