We’ve all felt it at some point in our lives, whether it’s aimed toward our relatives or maybe at our coworker, anger can often take over our emotions, especially when we feel we have been wronged by someone or something. Instead of being a victim of anger, practice calming yoga poses that will help you react in a more practical manner instead.
Although we are encouraged to be open with our emotions, the manner in which we do so is important in order to avoid saying or doing things that could negatively impact our lives.
Giving in to your anger is not beneficial to you or your relationships. While it is normal to experience these feelings every now and then, it is important to know how to manage these feelings as much as possible.
Yoga Poses to Help You Manage Your Anger
Yoga is a magical exercise that can help to soothe the mind and channel your anger in a way that will prepare you to react more effectively and with control.
1. Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Half lord of the fishes pose involves twisting the body to help balance your chakra and energy.
- Start by sitting with your back straight and your right leg extended.
- Bending the left knee, place your left foot outside of your right thigh and firmly plant your left foot on the floor.
- Inhale followed by an exhale. As you exhale, wrap your right arm around your left knee and twist to look behind you toward the left side.
- Hold this pose for a few breaths and slowly release to the starting position.
- Repeat this exercise on the other side in order to balance out both sides.
2. Child’s Pose
An extremely relaxing pose practiced by yogis to instill calm, child’s pose will give you a good stretch and helps to reduce feelings of stress and anger.
- As you are sitting on your knees, bend your body to touch your head to the floor and stretch out your arms in front of you.
- Spread your knees apart as wide as you can and completely stretch your arms to the top of your mat as you lengthen the spine.
- Allow your body and mind to relax and hold this position for as long as you comfortably can.
3. Pendulum Pose
A good pose to strengthen the body, pendulum pose also helps to relieve headaches, insomnia and fatigue, along with calming the mind from feelings of anger.
- Start in a standing position with your feet shoulder-width distance apart and your arms beside you.
- Bend your elbows and bring your hands behind your head and interlace your fingers at the base of your skull.
- As you inhale, spread your elbows wide and keep your chest and face lifted.
- Your exhalation will be in three parts with a “HA” sound made at each part.
- First, drop your chest forward, between your legs.
- Second, with a slight bounce, bring the chest toward the right leg.
- Third, bring your chest to the left leg with a slight bounce.
4. Roaring Lion
A great pose to let it all out with your breathing, roaring lion is extremely effective in strengthening the vocal chords and release heat and frustration.
- Start by kneeling with your knees spread wide and your hands on the floor between your knees.
- Your wrists should be facing forward to give your forearms a good stretch.
- Shift your gaze to the mat as you drop your head forward.
- As you inhale, lift your head up toward the ceiling.
- Exhale forcefully through your mouth and stick out your tongue as much as you can as you make a big “haaaaa” sound.
- Repeat this exercise for three to five rounds.
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