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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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2:49PM PST on Jan 20, 2015

some of these are too difficult for me.... anything simpler to help?

11:24AM PST on Jan 20, 2015

Shoulder stand is better for some than head or hand stand; inversion table for a minute or 2 at 45° degrees will work, too.

11:24AM PST on Jan 20, 2015

Shoulder stand is better for some than head or hand stand; inversion table for a minute or 2 at 45° degrees will work, too.

10:45AM PST on Jan 18, 2015

Thank you

2:42AM PST on Dec 22, 2014

If one is determined to be helped, he can get it

5:41AM PST on Dec 18, 2014

Thank you

4:28PM PDT on Oct 11, 2014

very intresting gud will try it but not the handstand at 59. ouch !

4:16AM PDT on Oct 7, 2014

Ouch!

2:09AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Thank you :)

9:15PM PDT on May 7, 2014

Do you have an "I'm too old to move. Can I just sit and stare at the dog Pose?"

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