5 Yoga Poses To Calm Your Racing Mind

Stress is a common ailment that leads to many lifestyle-related diseases and leaves you with a tense body and mind. It is a distressing factor often overlooked and can be seriously detrimental to your overall health and happiness. For those of you looking for a holistic approach to gain physical strength and inner peace by fighting stress, yoga is the perfect solution.

Yoga can calm the mind and relieve stress from the body. It not only exercises the body but also regulates the breathing and thought patterns. Certain yoga postures and breathing exercises can improve your composure, your respiratory system, and blood circulation, and increase your core strength. Following are some of the yoga practices that can relieve stress, give peace to the mind and also strengthen the physical body.1

5 Yoga Practices That Can Reduce Stress

1. Lotus Pose (Padmasana)

Helps to relax and promote blood flow to the body

You may suffer a splitting headache when your day is overloaded with work, meetings, and never-ending emails. The padmasana or the lotus pose can be quite helpful here to boost your drained energy by improving blood circulation in the body. It helps in calming the nervous system and is one of the most basic poses used for meditation. In this pose, you need place your legs such that they cross over each other. Beginners may require a little practice to perfect this pose.2

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2. Eagle Pose (Garudasana)

Eagle pose helps with relaxing the mind and helping balance

Do you want the strength of an eagle that soars high up in the skies? This pose is one that helps you increase your core strength. In the eagle pose, you entwine your legs while standing, to look like an eagle’s mighty claws. This can sharpen your concentration, loosen up the tightness in the upper torso, strengthen your legs, and improve the balance between the body and mind.3

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3. Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)

Helps to relax the mind and body

Have you noticed the serenity in the face of a cow? The calmness in the face depicts inner peace and repose. Practice the gomukhasana if you want to relax both your body and mind. This pose relaxes the tension in the upper chest, shoulders, and arms. It helps reduce high blood pressure and stimulates the internal organs. Entwine your arms in front of you while you sit in a V pose. Close your eyes and breathe calmly.4

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4. Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksana) And Tiptoe (Samatvam)

Handstands help with balance and core strength, Tiptoe pose helps with balance

The handstand pose is similar to the inverted body move you do as part of a somersault. The tiptoe pose is a balancing pose where you balance your whole body weight is on your toes. As the names suggest, when you balance your body weight using your arms and toes, your concentration improves. Blood circulation also increases and the body gets more oxygen, making you feel rejuvenated and instantly reducing stress. These poses require other warm up poses and are a little difficult to perform but have amazing benefits for the body and mind as a whole.5

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5. Pranayama (Breathing Techniques)

Breathing techniques

If you are in constant search of a quiet mind devoid of anger, hate, and negative thoughts, the pranayama exercises can help you. These breathing exercises regulate the flow of life-giving air as it comes into the body and toxic air flows out. They help soothe your mind and improve respiration, build your immunity, and improve your concentration. They also help fight mood disorders like anxiety and depression very effectively.6

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Now, beat your weekday (or weekend) blues and breathe in fresh air with the help of these yoga poses and pranayama exercises! Over time, you will certainly notice a positive shift in how you feel.

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