Anxiety and depression can strike at any time. It seems more prevalent in the busy world of always being “on”. Luckily, yoga can be an excellent exercise that can keep you healthy and improve your mood and relieve stress fast.
If you have severe anxiety or depression that is interfering with your daily life or having suicidal thoughts, we recommend speaking with a professional.
Here are some of the best yoga poses to practice if you are feeling anxious and/or experiencing depression (all courtesy of Yoga Journal):
Balasana (Child’s Pose)
- Child’s pose is easy and great for calming nerves. Kneel down on the floor with your knees positioned wider than your hips. Bend forward and rest your head on the floor or a blanket. This is also a great pose to come back to whenever you need a rest during a yoga routine.
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
- To do a downward facing dog pose, start by lying on your stomach and then come onto your hands and knees. Lean back so your knees are below your hips and your hands are slightly forward from your shoulders. Turn your toes under and raise your butt into the air. Keep your elbows straight and your head down. Hold and breathe deeply.
Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
- Sit with your legs stretched out in front of you and sit tall. Inhale and then exhale and extend your body over your legs and rest your head down as far as you can. If you need a little help, use blankets.
Halasana (Plow Pose)
- Lay down on the floor and then start to lower your legs over your head. This can be a tough one but practice makes perfect.
As you go through these poses a few times each, remember to take deep breaths and try to focus on the present moment. Ask yourself, how does your body feel? How do you feel after you do these poses compared to before you started? Be aware of how your body moves and it can help to get you out of your head.
Do you experience anxiety or depression? Do you practice yoga? Have you found it to be helpful in calming you down or improving your mood? Share with us!