3 Simple Yoga Poses To Uplift Your Mood

by Z Living Staff

When you’re having one of those days where you just can’t seem to shake off a bad mood and fume at every little thing, try striking a yoga pose to release that negativity; it works, really! In fact, here are the three asanas we highly recommend to pull you out of that funk:

Open Up With The Wheel Pose: When you’re stressed, it is important to oxygenate your body by taking deep breaths to unbottle the built-up tension. Now, backbends are great chest-openers that can really boost your spirits. They get your heart rate going which sends a surge of energy through your body, making you feel upbeat and active instantly. Here's a step-by-step demonstration of the wheel pose.

Turn Things Upside Down With The Headstand: Inversion poses are a great way to flip the switch and get the creative juices flowing. They direct the flow of blood to the head and help spark up all the right connections in the brain. If you have a stress-induced headache or feel stuck in a rut, use this step-by-step tutorial to nail the headstand and reboot. Beginners can do the supported shoulder stand instead, for an easier variation.

Challenge Yourself With The Crane Pose: Tapping into your competitive side will help release adrenaline and divert you from your stressful situation towards a renewed goal. A complex yoga asana, like the crow pose, may be just what you need to feel good about yourself. Here's a step-by-step demo of the crane pose.

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