By Kimaya Singh
How can Yoga help people with anger management? Every person feels anger at some point. It is a natural emotion that has its roots in jealousy, hatred, outrage or frustration. Regardless of its cause, anger has negative effects on the body and must learn to be controlled. There are yoga poses that help to redirect energy and reduce anger.
Also referred to as “the corpse pose,” this asana requires a person to lie still, concentrate on deep breathing and removing all thoughts from the mind. Lying flat on the back with arms at the sides and legs slightly parted does the pose. The palms must be facing upwards, and the muscles of the face slack. The person should slowly relax every muscle in the body to become calm and centered.
Ardha Dhanurasana (Half Bow Pose)
This asana helps the body stretch and enhances relaxation. To perform this asana, the person must lie on the stomach with the chin on the floor and the legs together. While looking straight ahead, the right arm should be placed in front of the body, and the left leg bent upward at the knee. The left hand should then hold the left ankle and bring the thigh up off the floor as far as possible. The head will rise higher as the body relaxes and stretches.
This asana is a shoulder stand pose that increases blood circulation to the head, neck and shoulders, which has the effect of reducing anger and stress. Lying on the floor with legs together and arms at the sides perform this pose. The legs and hips are then raised straight up and supported by the hands. The objective is to keep the legs as straight as possible while keeping the shoulders close to the floor.
In addition to yoga poses, meditation is a method to regain calmness and control. Mastering meditation will keep the mind and body in balance while providing protection from the negative effects of anger.
Yoga For Anger Management and Emotional Health
Peace, balance, and a positive outlook are the side effects of a regular yoga training routine. Yogic methods give practitioners a better sense of how mind and body work together to keep them healthy physically and emotionally.
According to Yogic theory: Energy blockages can limit the free flow of prana, or essential energy, through the body. When this happens, emotions become unbalanced.
When the blockage occurs in the navel area, it can interfere with personal power. Higher up, in the heart area, blockages can occur in the emotional core of the body. Finally, throat area blockages can be revealed by problems with self-expression. Any of these blockages can damage emotional health.
An immediate benefit to emotional health is the controlled breathing used in yoga, which reduces anxiety. Focusing on breathing while in the pose also leads to better attention away from the mat and exercises.
To reduce fear, work with poses that involve back bends, which expose vulnerable areas of the body in a safe way and can induce a sense of fearlessness. Back bends also release endorphins, which create a sense of well being and allow the practitioner to invite joy back into the life.
Encourage students or practitioners to listen to their bodies. Whether the trauma is both physical and emotional or emotional alone, energy may fluctuate. Some days their available energy may want them to limit their practice to floor or mat exercises. On other days, they may find they can hold standing poses until they feel some heat, which can purify the body and release tension. Standing poses can also help build emotional health by increasing stamina and resolve.
In any blockage, heart-opening poses can help students and practitioners to feel their innate goodness and open themselves to good emotional health. Long-term yoga training reduces fatigue, fear, and anger significantly. Yoga’s emphasis on the connection between the mind, body, and emotions may also help practitioners release painful emotions or behavior patterns that no longer work for them. Releasing negative energy through yoga can reduce depression in some students and practitioners.
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