Improving Mental And Emotional Imbalance Through Yoga

By Patricia | December 12, 2008
Yoga For Emotional Upheaval

Yoga has been regarded as the most effective ways of attaining complete peace of mind. It is an ancient form of lifestyle that is considered to rejuvenate the mind and body, resulting in holistic health. In fact, more and more people are turning to Yoga to alleviate mental and emotional imbalances. In particular, Yoga is supposed to be an effective weapon against anger and depression. Involving poses, breathing exercises, and meditations, this 5,000-year-old art is believed to correct all the energy-flow within us, thereby eliminating imbalances that result in anger, depression, and other emotional instabilities.

Below are a few basic poses that can help curtail a short temper. However, it should be kept in mind that Yoga is not a miracle cure; it should be practiced with dedication for results to manifest.

Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana): Lie on your back with your hands on your side.  With your feet together, slowly lift your legs toward the sky while inhaling. Then, continue to raise your hips such that your legs extend toward the sky and then beyond your head. Exhaling slowly, support your body by bending your arms and placing them on your lower back. Slowly straighten your spine again such that your legs are now pointing toward the sky. Hold this position, and then repeat. Remember to breathe deeply and slowly.

Half Bow (Ardha Dhanurasana): Lie on your stomach, keeping your chin on the floor. Your arms should be stretched on either side along your body.  Bring your right arm over and stretch it in front of you. Make sure that your palms are facing downward. Slowly bend your left knee, and extend your left arm back so as to hold the ankle. While inhaling, lift your head and chest off the floor, using your bent knee to raise yourself. Keep your head in line with the floor. Also, raise your right arm such that it is parallel to the floor. Repeat with other side.

Hidden Lotus Pose (Gupta Padmasana): First, sit in the Lotus Pose. To do so, sit on the floor with your legs stretched in front of you. Place your right foot over your left thigh, using your hands. Once the foot is in position, do the same with your left foot, placing it on your right thigh. Once, you are in the Lotus Pose, place your hands in front of you and slowly bend forward, lowering your torso onto the ground. You can rest your cheek or chin on the floor. Then, fold your arms behind you such that your palms are together behind your back. This position should be held for as long as you can, and repeated by crossing the legs the other way.

Corpse Pose (Shavasana): Lie on your back, keeping your legs slightly apart and your arms along the side of your body, palms facing upward. Close your eye and imagine each part of your body, consciously relaxing it as you move from your head down to your toes. Remain in this pose for at least 5 minutes.

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