We all get angry, sad, worried and stressed at times. Feeling down can come from anywhere, it can be thinking about something that took place in the past or worrying about something that may happen in the future, sometimes you can’t even pinpoint the source of your mood. The only thing you know is that you can't shake the funky feeling.
It's tempting to let these bad moods overwhelm you, especially when you can't put your finger on the reason, however there are better ways to overcome them. One of the best way to do this is yoga.
We all know that doing yoga reaps many physical benefits - like a toned body, more flexibility and reduced pain, but it provides much more than just these physical benefits.
How Can Yoga Help A Bad Mood?
You may think that it takes years of consistent practice to see the peaceful benefits of yoga, but you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, there are some studies that show that one hour of yoga is enough to release the endorphins (feel good hormones) needed to quieten the mind. In other words, one class can help you improve your mood.
There are a lot of different types of yoga. There are those that are spiritually focused, those that are relaxing, and those that are physically demanding. But, no matter what type of yoga you practice, it's sure to have at least one thing in common with the other variations - it incorporates breath work to relax or invigorate. And, it works! This focused awareness on the breath can actually help lower stress and bring oneself more fully into the present moment.
While it’s possible to feel the mood-boosting benefits of yoga after a one hour practice, the advantages are significantly better if you incorporate yoga into your life full time. Why? To put it simply, those who practice yoga on a regular basis tend to be healthier and happier. And, why not? This incredible form of exercise is known to reduce anger, anxiety, and fatigue. In short, consistent yoga practice supports better mental and physical health.
The following poses will help you transform your body chemistry and inspire feelings of relaxation and calmness. They require stability, strength, balance and some flexibility. You will have to concentrate to do these properly, but this is a good thing - the intense concentration will help quieten your mind and improve your mood.
This pose requires balance, which is excellent for focusing the body and mind. Just make sure to keep your gaze steady. This will help you maintain your balance both mentally and physically.
Revolved Side Angle Pose
This pose requires balance, stamina, and strength. Plus, the added twist encourages your mind to focus on the present moment so that you can maintain your stability.
This lovely backbend incorporates a subtle hint of balance which will help you find your inner strength, even in times of vulnerability. It also helps release physical and mental tension.
There are few things that can disrupt a yoga session like uncomfortable and improper attire. Think about it - how much mental clarity can you achieve if your shirt suddenly flops over your head during an inversion? To say the least, it would be an irritating diversion.
To prevent things like this, it’s best to wear lightweight, snug fitting yoga pants and tops. This type of clothing will ensure that everything stays in place and nothing distracts you from your goal of achieving happiness.
Incorporating yoga into your daily routine is a powerful to improve your mood. Just a few minutes of practice a day can cultivate a sense of peace that you can carry with you throughout your day. So, if you aren't feeling like yourself and feel the need for a boost, set some time aside to do a bit of yoga today. Good luck and, as always, namaste.