Are you feeling bad, worried or sad? You might want to ask yourself what is happening right now to make you feel this way. It is probably because you are thinking about something that happened in the past or worrying about something that might happen in the future. Or maybe you can’t pinpoint it or rationalize it; you’re just feeling that way.
These four poses (see below and the video on the next page) will help you change your body’s chemistry and make you feel better. Yoga helps you to be aware of the present moment and accept it as it is.
These poses require balance, strength, stability and some flexibility. Asking this of your body takes quite a bit of concentration and helps quiet the mind. Also you will feel more self assured and stable. Practicing presence, which happens naturally when you perform mindful exercise like yoga, has profound effects on your mood.
1. Tree Pose
This balancing pose is great for focusing your mind and body. Find stillness in your mind, keeping your gaze steady to help maintain your balance both physically and mentally.
2. Revolved Side Angle Pose
This pose combines strength, stamina and balance. With the physical challenge of this lunge twist, your mind has to be focused in order to maintain the stability in your pose. This helps you remain in the present.
3. Camel Pose
This pose is a lovely backbend that also has a subtle interplay with your balance. You have to find the balance between your inner strength and the fluidity and vulnerability of arching backwards and opening your heart and chest. This pose creates lots of energy and will help release mental and physical tension that opens you right up.
Handstands, either preformed with your legs straight up or in an L shape against the wall is a beautiful combination of balancing and inversion. Inversions help to throw a new light on old patterns or issues by literally turning it upside down. This pose is great for reducing anxiety and stress and increasing self confidence.
Watch a tutorial I have put together (on the next page) that walks you through these poses. I hope this helps. Enjoy!