One of the benefits of yoga is relief from anxiety. Among the different effects that the pandemic has had on us, anxiety is a major one, and you can try yoga as a means to cope with it during these times.
As much as it has been a physical crisis, it has also left long-lasting impacts on our mental health, as we have spent a lot of time alone and in isolation. People diagnosed with anxiety disorders have shared that practicing certain yoga poses each day has helped them with symptoms of anxiety that were hard to deal with. The ‘Camel Pose’ or Ustrasa can improve blood circulation in the body that in turn has a healing effect on both the mind and body. The ‘Bridge Pose’ or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana has a calming effect on the mind, while the easy ‘Butterfly Pose’ or Baddha konasana helps release unwanted tension.
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As we all know, Keri Miller is a yoga instructor, so we asked her to share some healing flows or exercises with us for this week that were suitable for beginners.
She shared a simple breathwork exercise called 'box-breathing' or '4-square breathing' for today: