You can choose to deal with anger in non-healthy ways that make you feel worse or are potentially self-sabotaging, but you can alternatively decide to process your negative feelings in a way that doesn’t ignore your feelings but instead helps you work through them and move on.
An effective way to do this is through yoga. According to a 2020 study, yoga has a positive effect on multiple ailments and mental well-being such as “emotional self-regulation, self-esteem, self-awareness, and the quality of well-being and decrease in anxiety, depression, stress, anger, etc.”
You don’t have to be an expert yogi to have it work for you, and the following poses are beginner-friendly enough that you can try them at home when you’re having a rough day and need some relief. Without further ado, here are seven yoga poses you can do to relate your anger and achieve peace of mind:
Goddess pose, or Ganesha Mudra, inspired by the Hindu elephant deity, is done by placing your hands in mudras while standing in a deep squat with your toes pointed outwards, followed by holding the position and taking five deep breaths. This pose promotes blood circulation and the release of tension in the shoulder and chest to help relate your anger.
Savasana or Child’s pose helps process anger by slowing down your heart rate and lowering your blood pressure. It invites a sense of tranquility into your body and mind and will make you feel more at peace after only holding the position for three to five minutes.
Kneel on the floor and sit back on your heels while bending forward until your chest comes into contact with your knees. Simultaneously, keep your hands and arms extended in front of you.
This pose is all about profound relaxation and consists of lying on your back flat on the floor with your legs stretched out and your arms resting beside you, your palms facing up toward the sky. Keep your eyes closed and solely focus on slowly releasing tension in every part of your body from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
Camel pose activates your Heart Chakra and dissipates your feelings of anger by inviting love into your mind, body, and soul. This pose begins in a kneeling position, with your palms placed on your lower back with your elbows pointed toward the center.
Push your hips forward while lifting from the chest and extending your gaze toward the ceiling. You can remain in this position if you’d like, but you can also do the complete version of the pose by continuing to extend backward and grabbing your heels. Take 5-10 deep breaths and pay attention to how you feel. Don’t let yourself dizzy!
Breath Of Fire Pose
Get yourself into a comfortable seated position to release anger from your body and let the universe handle it. Let your anger rise from inside your belly and scream out at the top of your lungs as you exhale. Do this for up to 3 minutes.
When you’re done, open your palms and lift your arms toward the ceiling and lower them gently back to your sides while observing how you feel during a few moments of silence.
The fish pose is also known as the matsyasana. Utilizing it in your yoga routine can help you relate anger by increasing blood circulation to your head and relieving stress.
Begin by sitting with your legs crossed in padmasana, but hold on to your toes as you lean back and stretch the length of your spine until you touch your head on the floor while arching your back. Hold the pose for a few breaths before slowly coming back up to your starting pose.
Also, beginning in a seated position, you’re going to lean yourself back and lift your feet off the floor while leaving your knees bent; you’re also going to lengthen your spine and keep your torso up off the floor by lifting through your chest.
Then, reach your arms forward with your shoulder relaxed. Hold this position for five inhales and exhales. Not only is this an excellent exercise for your core, but it will also help you connect to your center and make you feel more confident.