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4 Yoga Poses to Improve Your Mood

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4 Yoga Poses to Improve Your Mood

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.

Tree Pose

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.

Revolved Side Angle Pose

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.

Camel Pose

4. Handstand

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.

Handstand Pose

 

Watch a tutorial I have put together (on the next page) that walks you through these poses. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

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Esther Ekhart

Esther has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and is passionate about all things yoga. She is determined to share yoga with as many people as possible through her online yoga studio EkhartYoga and her YouTube channel.

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11:07AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

My biggest problem when I'm feeling down is lack of motivation. I know exercise is a mood lifter, but when I'm feeling low, I would rather sit curled up on the couch or in bed with a book.

Perhaps next time, I'll try some yoga first. If it helps, I'll definitely post first here!

8:43AM PST on Dec 26, 2013

Love this stuff!

8:07AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

Thanks for sharing this, it is very interesting for someone with no experience with Yoga. I have been wanting to take Yoga lessons for many years, I never find the proper time or place to start...they are so expensive or they end up being so far from home I don't have the time to attend. After I got a serious problem with my spine, I quit trying to do it through tutorials in fear of hurting my spine even further. I hope I manage to find some free lessons to at least learn the basics that my medical problem allows me to learn...

7:18PM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

yogi is gud

7:17PM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

intresting i canny do the hand stand tho

1:48AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

LOL - I might try the first 3, but no way am I going to do a handstand - I'm 60 years old - not gonna happen! (LOL)!!

5:52AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thank you Ester, for Sharing this!

2:08AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thank you :)

1:52PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Thanks for sharing

7:36AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

Thanks

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