Updated: Apr 19
As you might remember, some time ago I discussed my own personal struggles with depression and anxiety and I explained how much yoga helped me. Even if I wasn’t going to classes, I did several Asanas (poses) before bed to help me feel more grounded and happy.
Of course, one major hurdle in using yoga or any sort of physical activity to alleviate depression and anxiety or, any other mental health pain you may be feeling, is the lack of motivation. Many people fighting a mental health problem don’t really feel like getting out of bed in the morning, much less exercising. So, start off slowly, and be sure to choose a physical exercise that you really enjoy.
Some of the asanas I found that helped me the most are listed below.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose – Supta Virasana
Standing Forward Bend – Uttanasana
Plank – Phalakasana
Upwards Facing Dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Downwards Facing Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana
Extended Puppy Pose – Uttana Shishosana
Bridge Pose – Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Wheel – Urdhva Dhanurasana
Supported Shoulder Stand – Salamba Sarvangasana
Easy Pose – Sukhasana
Corpse Pose – Shavasana
Have a wonderful weekend guys. I hope you enjoyed this blog post about yoga poses and mental health.