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Yoga postures for relief from anxiety and stress

Yoga postures for relief from anxiety and stressStress, fear, anxiety - there are innumerable instances in our life when we experienced these emotions, we may just lose count! 

The problem starts when this fear becomes persistent and so intimidating as to start interfering with our everyday life. Then it becomes an anxiety disorder, a state of excessive uneasiness, worry, or fear of the unknown, which needs to be treated, and this is
where yoga can help. It's also good to know that yoga alone should not be considered as the only treatment option. It should complement proper medication after consultation with a doctor or specialist.

How to know if you have anxiety disorder?

-You feel unusually panicky, scared and uneasy.
-You tend to get uncontrolled, obsessive thoughts of past traumatic experiences.
-You wake up from frequent nightmares.
-You tend to repeatedly wash your hands.
-You have problems sleeping.
-Your hands and feet stay unusually sweaty.
-You get frequent palpitations.

How can yoga help get over anxiety?
Regular yoga practice can help you stay calm, relaxed in daily life and can also give you the strength to face events as they come without getting restless. Yoga practice ideally includes the complete package of asana (body postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), meditation, and the ancient yoga philosophy, all of which has helped several anxiety patients recover and face life with new positivity and strength.

Move your body and relieve your mind of stress with asanas
These yoga postures can help achieve a happy and healthy mind and body. Asanas help release tension and negativity from the system.

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
JanuShirsasana (One-Legged Forward Bend)
Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose)
Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)
Paschimottanasana (Two-Legged Forward Bend)
Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)
AdhomukhaShwanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
Shirshasana (Headstand)
Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Note: At the end of the yoga posture session, lie down in Yoga to give your mind and body a few minutes of through relaxation. The technique is helpful in flushing out body toxins, a primary cause of stress, from the system.

Breathe right with pranayamas to relieve anxiety
Take your attention to the breathe can help free the mind of the unnecessary clutter of thoughts that breed anxiety. Try the following breathing practices:

KapalBhati Pranayama (Skull-Shining Breathing Technique)
Bhastrika Pranayama
NadiShodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing) - effective in releasing stress from the system (where the exhalation is longer than the inhalation)
Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

Meditate to enjoy the gift of a relaxed mind
Meditation can be an excellent technique to relax a distracted mind, give you a sense of calm and peace, and also observe with daily practice how your mind works to keep you involved in small, petty things around. It can also help you not worry too much or get anxious of the unknown future.

You might have often heard the term 'adrenalin rush'. This happens when we get too anxious about a potential threat. For instance, while taking an adventure ride. At such a time, the level of adrenalin hormone goes higher, leading our heart to beat faster, making the muscles tense and our body sweat profusely. Scientific research has shown that regular meditation practice can help significantly reduce the level of this stress hormone.

Apply yoga philosophy in your life; stay happy and enjoy every moment
Knowing and applying the ancient yoga knowledge in daily life, which talks about some simple yet profound principles (yamas and niyamas) of yoga, can be the secret to happy and healthy living. For instance, the Santosha principle (niyama) teaches the value of contentment.

The Aprigraha principle can help us overcome greediness or the desire to keep possessing more, which can be a reason for stress and anxiety. Also, the Shaucha principle talks about cleanliness of the mind and body. This rule can particularly help if you tend to get too anxious about catching infectious diseases. The yamas and niyamas of yoga will also help us eat nutritious food and live a healthy lifestyle which greatly helps to overcome anxiety and stress.

Think about what you can do for others When we constantly remain stuck in 'me and mine', it makes room for stress and anxiety. We keep worrying about what will happen to us. Rather, shift your attention to how you can be of some use to others around you. Energising yourself with some service activity can give you deep satisfaction and immense joy.

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