Feeling Blue? 3 Easy Yoga Poses To Try Right Now
The change of seasons and anniversary of 9/11 make weeks like this especially tough. If you’re feeling down, here are three suggestions that I picked up in my yoga studies around the world and a 200-hour teacher training program in New York City.
Rest On Your Back with Knees Bent
Lying on your back allows gravity to help you have perfect posture. Modern living is all about leaning in and huddled over devices – leading to what medical professionals are calling text neck, which leads to the physical embodiment of depression: inward, downward, and hunched. To heal, we need to apply the opposite: opening the chest area and drawing shoulders away from ears.
As you lie on the ground or your mat, roll your shoulders back and down to release your neck. Knock your knees together and spread your feet out past an inch past your outer hips, this will help release your lower back.
Yogis say that your true self resides in the chest cavity. Imagine what happens to your true self when you’re hunched over!
Keep Your Eyes Open
You read right. Depression is a feeling of separateness, isolation, and not seeing reality. One of my favorite yoga sayings is, “Instead of shoveling out the darkness, turn on the light.” Widening your eyes lets the light in. Use your thumb and index finger to widen your eyes out to the temples. And breathe. This is also great for anxiety.
Instead of shoveling out the darkness, turn on the light.
If your feet are still outside your hips, toe-heel them in line with your hips so that when you peek down you’re only staring at your beautiful thighs. Stretch your arms alongside your body and adjust your feet so that your fingers barely brush your heels. Keep your arms alongside your body with palms down.
Take a deep inhale then exhale. Now as you inhale again, slowly lift your hips up and press your palms and forearms into the floor. Feel your chest lift and shoulder blades moving together. Exhale and release your hips back down. Repeat this slowly three times.
Inhale something good and exhale surrender to what is. Practicing positive self-care helps rebalance our minds even if it means “acting” undepressed for a couple minutes a day in these postures. Namaste.
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