6 Yoga Poses to Help Ease Anxiety

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Looking for anxiety relief? A yoga practice is one way to help!

Yoga teaches you to find the calm within your breathing and stay in the moment—the here and now. It helps you harness an inner calm no matter what is going on around you or what your anxieties are for the future.

So, whether you’re dealing with an anxiety disorder or even mild stress, use these yoga poses to relieve anxiety and tension. We start with the most important component: breathing.

Here are 6 of the best yoga poses to help you relax, breathe deeply, and clear your mind.

1. Breathing/Savasana

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It sounds obvious, but learning how to properly breathe is not only the key to yoga, but could be the difference between getting lost in your anxious moment and moving through it!

While most yoga practices END with savasana, this time it comes to you first to teach you the proper breathing technique for all other poses you will practice.

How to do savasana:

  1. Lying on your back, close your eyes. Place one hand on your belly and one hand on your chest. (Or you can leave them by your sides.)
  2. Inhale through your nose slowly for 4 counts as your belly rises with air. Exhale through your nose just as slowly for 4 counts. You should feel the texture of your breath against the back of your throat as you exhale.
  3. Try to practice this for at least 1 minute—several minutes if you can—progressively slowing down your breaths.

2. Warrior 2 Pose

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Warrior poses are reminders of your strength. Holding your warrior pose requires leg strength, core strength, and balance.

How to do a warrior 2 pose:

  1. From a standing position, step your left foot to the back of your mat and lower the inside of your foot so that your back foot is at an angle.
  2. Bend your right knee 90 degrees and straighten your back leg.
  3. Reach right arm straight over right leg and left arm straight over left leg.
  4. Relax shoulders and breathe gently in and out. Hold 30 seconds and switch sides.

3. Tree Pose

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This is a balancing pose that promotes concentration, focus, and awareness. If you have trouble balancing, you can put one hand on the back of a chair for stability (while raising the other).

How to do a tree pose:

  1. Stand tall with feet together and reach your arms straight up overhead.
  2. Tighten your core as you slide your right foot up to rest on your left calf (or pull it higher to rest on your inner thigh). Avoid placing your foot on the inside of your knee.
  3. Hold as still as possible for 30 seconds and breathe slowly. Switch sides.

4. Seated Forward Fold

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Breathe and practice calm as your hamstrings slowly open up.

How to do a seated forward fold:

  1. Begin in a seated position, with your legs stretched out straight in front of you and your spine tall and straight.
  2. Inhale as you reach straight up overhead to lengthen your spine.
  3. As you exhale, reach your middle and index fingers to grab your big toes and bring your body over the top of your legs.  Lower until you feel a gentle stretch in your hamstrings and lower back, and hold.
  4. Breathe fully as you continue to lengthen your spine. Hold for at least 30 seconds (more if possible).

5. Child’s Pose

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This pose stretches the back and promotes a child-like sense of relaxation and safety.

How to do a child’s pose:

  1. Begin with hands and knees on the mat, with your knees spread to the outer edges of the mat.
  2. Sit your tailbone down and back between your heels and lower your belly between your thighs.
  3. Stretch your arms long in front of you and relax your forehead on the mat. Breathe fully and hold as long as you’d like.

6. Legs Up The Wall

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This pose is a basic inversion. Inversions help calm the body and switch blood flow, relieving tension. You may do this pose against an actual wall, or just freestyle on your mat.

How to do legs up the wall:

  1. Lay on your back with legs straight up in the air over your hips and arms resting by your side. (If you are against a wall, legs go up the wall, and a towel, mat, or blanket can go under your hips.)
  2. Make sure your buttocks and hamstrings are touching the wall.
  3. Close your eyes and practice calm breathing, staying in this pose for several minutes if you can.
  4. Exit by taking your legs down slowly.

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The 10 Yoga Poses You Should Do Everyday

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Learn the different types and benefits of yoga, as well as guidance on how to get started and choose the practice that works best for you!

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