6 Yoga Asanas To Reduce Stress And Anxiety

World Mental Health Day: Yoga benefits your mental health as well as physical health. Here are some yoga postures that can help relive anxiety and stress.

World Mental Health Day 2021: 6 Yoga Asanas to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

World Mental Health Day 2021: Try these yoga postures to relieve stress and anxiety

Your mental health is paramount. Stress and anxiety are common issues facing many nowadays. If left unmanaged, these can affect your day-to-day activities and physical health. This is true of physical stress, psychological stress and emotional stress. Yoga plays a significant role in relaxing your mind and body, promoting your overall mental health. Yoga involves the work of breath and rhythm coming together to repair and restore your body. As World Mental Health Day is almost here, here are some yoga postures that can help you manage stress and anxiety.

Best yogic asanas to beat stress and anxiety

1. Sukhasana (Happy / Relaxing Pose)

This yoga posture stretches your spine and opens up your hip muscles. The posture has a calming effect, reducing anxiety, and mental and physical fatigue.

2. Balasana (Pose Pose)

A great gesture to your lymphatic and nervous system, Balasana reassures you by releasing stress. It extends the muscles of the hips, thighs and ankles; and is also good for getting relief from back pain and neck pain.

3. Paschimottantaisa (Folding forward seated)

This exercise is great for stretching the back muscles and the whole hamstrings. Apart from stress and fatigue, it promotes digestion and liver function; and relieves the symptoms of PMS.


Paschimottanasana can improve digestion and liver function
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4. Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose)

Another great exercise for eliminating fatigue and stress, the Happy Baby Pose stretches your spine and groin muscles lightly and effectively.

5. Uttanasana (Fold Forward)

Apart from having a soothing effect on the brain, the Uttanasana is essential for the kidneys and liver. It is also good for your lower body muscles such as hips, knees, cushions and calves.

6. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

The Bhujangasana stretches your chest and shoulder muscles. It provides instant relief from lower back pain and fatigue. You feel refreshing and full of energy.


Cobra posture can help improve back pain
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It also strengthens the entire spinal column and makes it flexible. Further, this posture helps reduce abdominal fat.

With Yoga, one can promote well-being, health, fitness and general well-being.

(Dr. Mickey Mehta, Global Lead Holistic Health Guru / Corporate Life Coach)

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