Managing Symptoms of Anxiety with Yoga Series – 3

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Childs pose /Balasana

This is the first of the poses in the series on how to manage anxiety. From the previous posts in this series, you might now be able to gauge if you are experiencing the symptoms of Anxiety. If you are prone to anxiety, it can overcome you at any time. When you notice that the anxiety is building up and taking hold of your mind and body, the child’s pose or Balasana in yoga can provide some relief. How to do it:
Sit down on a yoga mat or blanket. Come to tabletop pose with your palms aligned under you shoulders and your knees under your hips. Inhale deeply. Exhale and sit back on your heels with your arms stretched out in front of you, palms flat on the mat. Gently rest your head on the mat relaxing your shoulders and hips. Your heels should be on either side of your hips.
Rest your head comfortably on the floor in front of you.
Stay here for 1-3 minutes breathing normally.
To come out of the pose, inhale and lift your head first and slowly sit up. Release your legs from under you and stretch them out in front of you one at a time.
Benefits:
This is a restorative pose and promotes healing. It also relieves stress and induces a feeling of relaxation.
The blood flows down to the heart and the head refreshing the organs. The spine is relaxed and along with slow and gentle breaths activates the parasympathetic nervous system that allows the body to rest. You will feel physically and emotionally rested.
You can even hold the pose for 5-10 minutes if you are comfortable and feel it’s calming effect. Namaste 🙏🏼 #yoga #anxietyrelief #mentalwellbeing #promotessleep #controlanxiety #rellieveanxietyinabsenceof therapy.

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