The Therapeutic Application of Yoga Postures: Postures For Stress Release
Sarvangasana – Shoulder stand (picture taken from Rendez-vous Yoga)
Both Halasana and Sarvangasana help to reduce stress by calming down the nervous system and brain. The postures also stimulates the abdominal organs and the thyroid gland, reduces fatigue and works reliefs backache, headache, infertility, insomnia and sinusitis.
Sukhasana – Easy Sitting (picture taken from Wealth of Health)
Sitting in Sukhasana reliefs stress by bringing mind and body into a meditative state. When the brain is over stimulated and thoughts are running wild, a great variation on the regular posture is doing a forward bend in Sukhasana while supporting the weight of the head on a block. Simply place a block or high pillow in front of you, while elongating the spine and bending forward. Rest the head on the block and remain for 5 – 10 minutes while breathing deeply.
Viparita Kharani – Legs up the wall (picture taken from Himalayan Institute)
Viparita Karani is described in the old Yoga scriptures as the pose, which slows down the aging process and brings ultimate health and wellbeing. Inverted positions like this have proven to work positively on the hormonal and nervous system, as well as calm the mind, renew the blood and perform an all-natural lymphatic drainage.Practice Viparita Karana for 10 – 20 minutes when exhausted or overworked, after a long day in the office, or simply when you’re in need of a little energy boost.
Savasana – Corpse Pose (picture taken from Seequence)
Lying in Savasana for several minutes triggers the body’s relaxation response, which is responsible for quieting the nervous system and lowering blood pressure. When practiced after other asana’s, Savasana allows body and mind to integrate the practice into its cellular memory. On its own, Savasana is an excellent posture to calm the brain and relieve symptoms of stress and mild depression and reducing headache, fatigue, and insomnia.
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