Try these asanas to deal with anxiety

Arpita Chatterjee
·5-min read
Breathing exercise Pranayama - Alternate nostril breathing, often performed for stress and anxiety relief
Breathing exercise Pranayama - Alternate nostril breathing, often performed for stress and anxiety relief

Anxiety attacks are one of the most common symptoms of general nervous disorder. This problem is mainly caused due to tension and stress that we all face in our daily lives. The various postures of yoga asana help you get rid of the symptoms of anxiety attacks and at the same time will also help you have a healthy body.

You must choose the right yoga exercises to do for your well-being because a healthy body is necessary for a stress-free life.

Bow pose (Dhanurasana)

Young yogi woman practicing yoga, doing Dhanurasana exercise, Bow pose, working out, wearing sportswear, black pants and top, indoor full length, gray wall in yoga studio
Young yogi woman practicing yoga, doing Dhanurasana exercise, Bow pose, working out, wearing sportswear, black pants and top, indoor full length, gray wall in yoga studio

One of the most comfortable and most helpful poses that many people find very relaxing is the Bow pose (Dhanurasana). Bow poses can be used to address many types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, and specific phobias.

Using the Bow pose (Dhanurasana) to deal with anxiety will allow you to enjoy the yoga routines truly.

First, you must establish yourself in a comfortable sitting position. Your legs should be folded comfortably, and your back should be straight with your hands behind your head. Arms should be placed along your sides, with your palms facing inward. Open your eyes and breathe deeply. Allow the stresses in your body to seep out. While you are in this state, think about nothing, absolutely nothing, but how wonderful it feels to be in this position.

Once you have reached this relaxed state, you may begin the pose. Keep your back straight, press the top of your head into the earth, and let all of the stresses in your body simply melt away. Slowly, but indeed, you will move deeper into the pose and begin to feel free of anxiety and tension. Repeat this exercise as often as you can for great results.

Bridge pose (Setu Bandhasana)

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Attractive young woman in grey sportswear, leggings and bra practicing yoga, beautiful girl doing Glute Bridge exercise, dvi pada pithasana pose, working out at home or in yoga studio close up

The Bridge pose (Setu Bandhasana) helps to build up your strength and flexibility and improve your coordination and posture. Many people who suffer from anxiety problems perform yoga exercises that are not suitable for them and often do nothing to treat their condition. This pose/sets will be beneficial as it strengthens and tones your muscles and enables your body to absorb more oxygen.

In case you are suffering from severe anxiety and haven't got any medical help, then the Bridge pose/sets will be beneficial for you. The soothing stretch will increase your strength and flexibility.

Seated Forward Bend pose (Paschimottanasana)

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Young yogi woman practicing yoga, doing paschimottanasana exercise, Seated forward bend pose, working out, wearing sportswear, black pants and top, indoor full length, gray wall in yoga studio

Seated Forward Bend pose (Paschimottanasana) has excellent benefits and has been used for a very long time by yogis as a relaxing and stress relieving pose.

When you are in the forward bend, pose your chest roughly horizontal to the floor with the upper part of your shoulders hanging down. Your elbows should point outwards towards the knees. To feel the full benefits of this pose, you should ensure that your neck is completely straight. Keep your back straight and move your shoulders forward and back, as your breath moves in and out. Feel that your stomach muscles are contracting and expanding.

To feel the full benefits of this pose, you should move your belly button inwards and feel that your abdomen starts to tighten. Feel your breathing becoming slower and more profound. You should also feel the muscles in your thighs, expanding as you breathe in and out. The benefits of this pose are handled at the top of the spine and the base of the skull. To get the full benefits of this pose, you should ensure that you practice this pose regularly and not forget to stretch your muscles.

Staff pose (Dandasana)

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Young sporty woman practicing yoga, doing Dandasana pose, working out on the beach

Staff pose (Dandasana) is a combination of traditional yoga asana practice and a sitting position used to help deal with stress.

Staff pose (Dandasana) strengthens your spine as you lean forward while looking up to the sky, and it also stretches your hamstrings. It will work great for people who have back problems and have experienced pain in those areas. By strengthening your core and stretching your hamstrings, your back can then be supported in its natural curvature, and your hips will also not be curved out of shape. By practising this pose regularly, you will notice that your muscles get stronger, your spine becomes more flexible and more toned, and you can experience more energy and zest for life.

This yoga asana will help you become calm, relaxed, and focused. It is also great to strengthen your spinal musculature. If you want to deal with anxiety, you will love doing this pose often.

Bending forward Pose (Uttanasana)

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Young woman practicing yoga, doing head to knees, uttanasana exercise, Standing forward bend pose, working out, wearing sportswear, black pants and top, indoor full length, gray wall in yoga studio

Bending forward pose (Uttanasana) will help you become calmer. By leaning forward at the waist, you should bring your feet together and then bend your knees to enter a forward fold. As you come up from the pose, breathe deeply and then hold the pose for a few seconds before slowly coming back down. Repeat this a few times, breathing deeply and then holding the pose again.

While practising yoga asanas, you must have the mental focus if you want to be successful. Make sure that you are focusing only on your breathing, and nothing else.