7 Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Anxiety

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an unpleasant state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination. It is the subjectively unpleasant feelings of dread over anticipated events, such as the feeling of imminent death. Anxiety is not the same as fear, which is a response to a real or perceived immediate threat; where as anxiety is the expectation of future threat. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, uneasiness, and worry, usually generalized and unfocused as an overreaction to a situation that is only subjectively seen as menacing. It is often accompanied by muscular tension, restlessness, fatigue and problems in concentration. Anxiety can be appropriate, but when experienced regularly the individual may suffer from an anxiety disorder.

People facing anxiety may withdraw from situations which have provoked anxiety in the past. There are various types of anxiety. Existential anxiety can occur when a person faces angst, an existential crisis, or nihilistic feelings. People can also face mathematical anxiety, somatic anxiety, stage fright, or test anxiety. Social anxiety and stranger anxiety are caused when people are apprehensive around strangers or other people in general.

Below, 7 Yoga Poses to Help Relieve Anxiety

1. Corpse Pose

At the end of your practice, or anytime you are feeling overwhelmed, lie down in corpse pose. This pose is the ultimate aid in relaxation and stress relief. It eases the body into a state of rest and ease. Corpse pose aids in promoting healthy sleep patterns, calming the nervous system, and lowering blood pressure.

Use a cushion or pillow for support under your head if desired, keep a blanket nearby in case you get a little cool as you start to unwind after your yoga practice. Stay here for 10-minutes if possible, breathing deeply and mindfully relax each part of your body from head to toe.

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