The demanding and often high-stress lifestyles of today can take a toll not only on our health but also our peace of mind and mood. And if you are not in a good mood, then you can neither be productive nor can you enjoy your life. You can enhance your mood with the help of yoga. You can find in this article, 5 yoga poses that work like mood boosters.
Regular yoga practice can help you deal with nearly every problem that you may be experiencing physically or mentally, and that also includes your mood. As you practice yoga every day, you will notice that not only will you feel healthier and stronger; you will also feel that you are at peace, calm and better at managing your emotions.
Enhance Your Mood: 5 Yoga Poses That Work Like Mood Boosters
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- CHOPPING WOOD aka Kashtha Cchindana
Benefits: Chopping wood is an easy but invigorating forward-bending motion that increases your heart rate, improves complexion and lessens neck strain. It is also a certain way to wake yourself up if you are feeling sleepy.
Do NOT attempt to do this exercise if you suffer from glaucoma, high blood pressure or any heart disease.
How to perform:
- Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent.
- Inhale with your mouth and raise your arms over your head as if you were holding an axe to chop wood.
- Bend your knees a little, exhale through your mouth, bend from the waist and bring your arms down in a chopping motion.
- Inhale and raise your upper body.
- Repeat this movement 10-15 times.
- Relax and feel the energy course through your body.
CHOPPING WOOD aka Kashtha Cchindana
- HALF SHOULDER STAND aka Ardha Sarvangasana
Benefits: This asana improves blood flow to the brain, improves complexion and also metabolism.
Do NOT attempt this asana if you have thyroid problems, high blood pressure or glaucoma. Also, do NOT attempt this asana if you are menstruating or are pregnant.
How to do:
- Lie on your back with your legs extended and arms by your side (palms facing down).
- Bend your legs and bring your knees towards the chest. Exhale and contract your abdominal muscles. With the support of your hands, raise your hips towards the ceiling. Feel the weight of our body on the upper back, not your neck or head, which is still in contact with the floor.
- Extend your legs over your head gently at an angle.
- Hold the pose for 10-30 seconds.
- Gradually release pose and repeat.
HALF SHOULDER STAND aka Ardha Sarvangasana
- SETU_BANDHASANA aka Bridge
Setu_Bandhasana means ‘forming a bridge’. The Bridge pose increases flexibility in the back as it stretches the back and shoulders. It opens up the chest and firms thigh and buttocks muscles.
- Lie on your back.
- Bend your knees such that your heels are hip-width apart, near the buttocks.
- Keep your arms by your side with palms facing the floor.
- Inhale and lift your lower, middle and upper back.
- Your shoulders and feet should bear your weight.
- Contract abdominal and thigh muscles to maintain the pose.
- Interlock your fingers beneath the raised buttocks or touch your ankles.
- Breathe deeply and hold the pose for a few seconds.
- Lowers your hips and release pose.
SETU_BANDHASANA aka Bridge
- MATSYASANA aka Fish
Fish pose improves respiratory problems, stimulates the pelvic organs and opens up the chest.
Those experiencing neck problems should consult a yoga expert before taking a shot at this pose.
- Lie on your back with legs extended and close together.
- Place your hands under the tailbone. Palms should face down.
- Inhale and lift your upper body with the help of elbows. Your back should arch, neck bent backward with the crown of your head resting on the floor.
- Keep your weight on your elbows, not on the neck.
- Hold the pose for 8-10 seconds.
- Slowly release pose and repeat.
MATSYASANA aka Fish
- FIRE BREATH aka Kapalabhati
Kapalabhati is an energizing and purifying breathing exercise with multiple benefits. It significantly increases the flow of oxygen throughout the body, helps improve concentration, increases energy and strengthens the diaphragm. It helps tone abdominal muscles and lose weight.
Care should be taken while performing Kapalabhati as it is quite intensive in nature. Those suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, depression, or insomnia, should not perform this exercise.
Consult a yoga teacher for guidance in case you experience dizziness.
- Sit on a mat with your spine straight and eyes closed.
- Inhale deeply.
- Exhale forcefully by drawing back your abdominal muscles.
- Repeat with a quick set of 15-20 exhalations.
- Stop and return to your normal breathing pattern.
- Repeat more sets as you grow accustomed to the exercise.
FIRE BREATH aka Kapalabhati
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