Yoga Anxiety
Wellness
Published Tuesday May 08, 2018 by Georgina Marie

Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

Yoga
Personal Growth
Meditation

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection.
 
My yoga practice hasn’t cured anything, but it has strengthened my ability to overcome challenging life events, body confidence issues, and has vastly improved my physical and emotional health. There is no perfection in yoga; there is no pressure to be anything or anyone other than who you are in the moment of a pose.
 
Here are seven yoga poses that help my mind and body when I am experiencing anxiety, depression or overall stress:
 

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

child's pose


This is a pose of rest and comfort, bringing your heart close to the Earth. I often prefer to engage this pose with *palms up* as an offering of surrender. When doing so, I feel that I can give my fear, hurt, pain, sorrow, negativity, etc. to the universe.
 

Legs-Up-The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

legs up the wall pose


This pose is a simple way to relax both easily and quickly. We walk around each day carrying our weight with our legs and feet. To lie back with our legs up the wall, we can rest and release tension.
 

Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

forward fold pose


My go-to pose anywhere I am, at any time (especially work), is a forward fold. When I find myself tense from sitting in a chair or staring at a computer screen for too long, I like to walk away, fold forward and for just a few moments, let my whole body be loose.
 

Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

pigeon pose


One of my favorite poses for as long as I’ve been practicing yoga is Pigeon Pose. When I first started practicing Vinyasa, a fantastic instructor taught me about how we carry our emotions in our hips. Considering my hips tend to become stiff when I’m feeling emotional or heartbroken, this made total sense.
 

Wild Thing (Camatkarasana)

wild thing pose


This pose makes me feel beautiful and strong, not just physically but mentally. Next time you want to release some frustration by challenging yourself a bit, flip your downward dog pose and raise an arm to the sky in praise for your body and your battles.


 
Supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Bridge Pose


In addition to my hips, I also find my lower back gathers stress. Supporting yourself in bridge with a block is an easy way to instantly feel supported while also applying a bit of pressure to a sore lower back for relief.
 

Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Savasana


Because sometimes you just need to lie flat on the ground, arms and legs wide, and let it all go.


While yoga alone isn’t a cure-all for anxiety, these poses are an important part of nurturing your body and mind. Whether you’re at home, outside or in the studio, be mindful of these moves and cultivate your sense of calm. 
 

Georgina Marie
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Georgina is a poet from Lake County, CA. Working with a community nutrition program serving low-income families, Georgina also volunteers for a non-profit animal shelter. She enjoys dancing, hiking, painting, practicing vinyasa yoga and spending lazy Sundays in bed with her two dogs and cat.