By Ms. Shalini Bhargava
Director at JG’S Fitness Centre
All of us must have faced stress at some point in our lives, the anxiety of an examination report card or our very first job interview, we all have lived through these stressful episodes. When we sit and count all the life instances which cause us unwanted stress, fear, and anxiety, there is definitely a possibility that we may lose count. If we start counting all those instances in life when we experienced these emotions, we may just lose count! While a little fit of anxiety is pretty normal, the real trouble arises when this dread starts becoming insistent and so threatening that it might interfere with our day-to-day life. These situations of uneasiness and fear definitely need to be treated and this is exactly where yoga exercises can lend a helping hand.Respite from disquiet and tension is now only a yoga technique away. But one must also bear in mind that yoga alone cannot be considered as the sole anxiety treatment, the same has to be complemented by proper medical assistance.
How yoga exercises to aid in getting over anxiety?
Regularly practicing yoga on a steady basis can surely help you in staying calm and composed in daily life, and can also lend you the strength to face stressful events without getting nervous. Various yoga poses and asanas have helped patients suffering from depression recover and face life with strength and optimism.
The below mentioned yoga methods can help soothe a worried mind and help in relieving anxiety naturally.
Perform Yoga asanas and release any kind of unwanted mental strain
Yoga postures like Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend) Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog),Matsyasana (Fish Pose), Sirsasana (Headstand), Janu Shrisasana (One-legged forward bend), Shavasana (Corpse Pose), Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose), Marjariasana (Cat Stretch) and Paschimottanasana (Two-Legged Forward Bend) can facilitate in achieving a happy and healthy connection between mind and body. Asanas aid release tension and pessimism from the system. One must note that towards the end of the yoga position session, you need to lie down in Yoga Nidra to lend your mind and body a couple of minutes of through meditation. The method is beneficial in flushing out body pollutants, a chief cause of stress, from the system.
Breathe right with pranayamas to relieve anxiety
Drawing your attention to the right kind of breathing can assist to free the mind of the needless mess of thoughts that breed nervousness. The below-mentioned breathing practices can be of great help:
- Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)
- Bhastrika Pranayama
- Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Skull-Shining Breathing technique)
- Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
3. Meditate to revel in the gift of a tranquil mind
Meditation and thoughtful contemplation can be an exceptional method to soothe an unfocused mind and lend you a sense of being peaceful and calm. Daily meditation can also make you conscious of how your mind works to keep you involved in small, petty things around. We are all aware of the term ‘adrenaline rush.’ This typically happens when we get too nervous about a possible threat. For example, while we sit on an adventure ride, our levels of adrenaline hormone go higher, causing our heart to beat at a much faster rate, causing the muscles to become tense and our body to sweat abundantly. Daily meditation practice can help considerably condense the level of this stress hormone.
For those suffering from bouts of stress, yoga can certainly be a lifeline. Yoga can definitely calm anxiety holistically.