Practicing yoga asana regularly reduces stress and anxiety levels. By transferring our focus and attention to our body, mind and our breath, we can successfully alleviate the side effects and symptoms of stress and anxiety. According to HYP II.2 (Hatha Yoga Pradīpika-Yoga Text), Swami Swatmarama says:
chale vāte chalaṃ chittaṃ niśchale niśchalaṃ bhavet||
yoghī sthāṇutvamāpnoti tato vāyuṃ nirodhayet || 2 ||
छले वाते छलं छित्तं निश्छले निश्छलं भवेत||
योगी सथाणुत्वमाप्नोति ततो वायुं निरोधयेत || २ ||
Respiration being disturbed, the mind becomes disturbed. By restraining respiration, the Yogî gets steadiness of mind.
As the breath moves so the mind moves. And as the breath is stilled, the mind is also stilled.
Restorative yoga is designed for recovery of health and vitality.Both mind and body are returned to balance by working with the body in a gentle manner. Restorative poses are often supported with props so the practitioner can remain some time in optimal alignment.
Postures are done with support under the head and spine focusing on the breath. This allows the brain to become quiet and calm.
Postures/Asana For Anxiety
The following postures work on tense muscles and encourage blood to circulate. This stabilizes the heart rate and blood pressure. Shallow breathing becomes deeper. Slower and more rhythmical, which results in a higher intake of oxygen, and this helps to remove stress and anxiety.
- Head supported Adho Mukha Svanasana
- Head supported uttanasana
- Head supported Prasarita Padottanasana
- Supported Adho Mukha virasana
- Supported Paschimottanasana
Back/Spine supported (Blankets/Bolsters/Blocks)
- Supta Badhkonasana
- Setu bandha sarvangasana