Yoga is an age-old form of exercise that has proved its benefits not only to the body, but also to the mind. The purpose of yoga is to create strength and awareness of mind and body. It is known to keep your mind in control and has a significant contribution in the overall development of the body. It also helps in flexibility, increases muscle strength, weight reduction, and improved immunity.

These days, in our busy schedules, we often ignore our health. With increased stress levels that cause anxiety, it has adverse effects on our heart, brain, increases in blood pressure and diabetes. Hence, it is highly important to keep maintain a balanced mind for a healthy living.

Some of the poses of yoga that help in anxiety control are –

  • Big Toe Pose – Padangusthasana

Known to calm the brain and relieves stress gradually. It also stimulates the liver and kidneys, strengthens thighs and also improves digestion.

  • Bound Angle Pose – Baddha Konasana

Known to stimulate abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland. Helps in reducing mild depression, anxiety and fatigue. Consistent practice of this form also helps in easy childbirth.

  • Bow Pose – Dhanurasana

Helps with constipation, respiratory ailments, mild backache, anxiety and fatigue.

  • Bridge Pose – Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

Helps in stretching of the neck and spine. Also known for calming the brain and alleviate stress and mild depression.

  • Easy Pose – Sukhasana

As the name suggests, calms the brain and helps in stretching of back, knee and ankles.

  • Cow Pose – Bitilasana

Provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs.  Also stretches the front torso and neck.

*Please consult your doctor before you begin and make sure you practice with an experienced mentor.

Source: osteopathicyogajournal