Yoga benefits us in many ways. Regular practice of yoga keeps our body fit and healthy. There are number of Yoga poses and every asana has its own effects on our body. Some are good for our mental health also. Here are 10 yoga poses which helps to relieve anxiety and support mental health.
1 . USTRASANA ( CAMEL POSE )
Practicing Ustrasana is good for stretching. It increases the blood circulation in the body by which you get proper oxygen. It helps to heal the mind and reduce the anxiety.
2 . PASCHIMOTTANASANA ( FORWARD BEND POSE )
By this asana every bit of your body stretches. During this asana spinal cord and spinal nerves are pulled and gall bladder is smoothly pressed and stimulates well. For women it is too beneficial or it cures their menstrual problems and prolonged practicing of this asana can help in birth from normal delivery by strengthening their bones and inner reproductive organs.
3 . UTTHITA TRIKONASANA ( EXTENDED TRIANGLE POSE )
The practice of this asana strengthens you legs, feet and ankles. It helps to relieve anxiety, stress, neck pain, osteoporosis and also relieves backache.
4 . SETU BANDHASANA ( BRIDGE POSE )
This is like the Ustrasana which increases blood circulation in the body. It helps to keep mind calm and give relief from anxiety. It gives your back good stretching which relieves your stiffness.
5 . DHANURASANA ( BOW POSE )
This asana is good for your shoulder, chest and neck. The posture of this asana benefits you a lot. It expends your shoulder and chest. It makes your abdominal muscles strong and also relieves tension and anxiety.
6 . SAVASANA ( CORPSE POSE )
It is an easier way to get rid of stress and anxiety. It improves your concentration and improves your mental health. It is good for people suffering from neurological problem like asthama and constipation.
7 . SURYA NAMASKAR ( SUN SALUTATION )
It will be a great idea to start your day with the practice of Surya Namaskar. It completes all your exercise in one package, there are different steps involved in Surya Namaskar which gives you so many benefits. Regular practice of it remove your anxiety and stress and gives you peaceful mind.
8 . SALAMBA SIRASANA ( SUPPORTED HEADSTAND )
It may be difficult in starting to do this asana but after few days practice you will be able to do this. Headstand during this asana helps to reverse the blood flow and force you to focus on body. It helps to reduce the anxiety and gives your calm mind.
9 . MATSYASANA ( FISH POSE )
Practicing Matsyasana provide your back and shoulder stretching which gives you strong back. In starting do it very carefully by applying fold of blanket beneath your head for neck support. It relieves your anxiety and stress and gives you peaceful and relaxed mind.
10 . Marjariasana ( Cat Pose )
This asana is good for everyone to get rid of stress and anxiety. Practicing of Marjariasana improves digestion and tones the abdomen. It also improves blood circulation and relaxes your mind and brings flexibility to the spine.
Yoga is good for your physical and mental health. By spending only 20 minutes in morning, you can get a healthy body and a healthy mind. It will also rejuvenate you for the whole day. Yoga has so many benefits you can never ignore but always keep in mind that starting yoga under expert supervision will be a good idea in order to avoid any harm. There is nice saying also if ‘Mind is healthy everything is fine’.
( Kanchan Rastogi )