Practice Legs up the Wall for relaxation and increase circulation.
Today’s letter is near and dear to my heart. As many of you know I deal with anxiety and I’m passionate about bringing awareness to Mental Illness. There is no shame in mental illness and I want the young and old to know that anyone can have a healthy and successful life with mental illness. When I was at my deepest and darkest place I found Yoga and I’m so grateful to God for showing me ways that yoga can help with my anxiety and depression. Hence, I’ve put together a few postures which help with anxiety or simply calming the nervous system.
Childpose: Balasana — is a common beginner’s yoga pose. It is often used as a resting position in between more difficult poses during a yoga practice. Childless, bring your Big toes to touch, spread your knees out to the width of your mat, start to walk your hands out long and gently allow your head to kiss the mat.
Helps to slow down the breath and heart rate
Calms the mind.
Gives comfort and space for safety
Forward Fold: Uttanasana Vinyasa — an asana which can be enjoyed both standing or sitting. This posture is one that can release tension in your low back and is great for claiming the mind and releasing anxiety when one feels overwhelmed. Hinge at your hips and melt toward the flood gaze toward your knee to protect or release your neck muscles.
Stretches the entire body from head to heels
Smoothe the nervous system
Tone and stimulate the internal organs
Legs up the Wall – find yourself scooting to the point where the wall and the floor meet …you are so close only a few more inches until you bottom touches the point where the connection meets. Start to walk your legs up the wall while flexing your toes toward your face. You may find this posture easy to navigate in your bed, the back of a couch, a wall or door…any flat surface will do.
Facilitates increased circulation
Soothes swollen or cramped feet and legs
Relieves lower back tension
Corpse Pose : Savasana – Exhale just lay…take up as much space as you need to feel comfortable. Release any special breathing, remove your tough from the roof of your mouth and allow for your jaw to release.
Helps reduce blood pressure
Release headaches, insomnia, and ANXIETY