These 5 yoga poses are proven to improve mental health


In today’s fast-paced world, anxiety is now being diagnosed more than ever. The World Health Organization has predicted that by the year 2020, depression will be the second most common disease diagnosed after heart disease. Given this alarming prediction, isn’t it high time that we start prioritizing mental health awareness?

One of the methods that people are increasing adopting for health and physical well-being is exercise. Regular exercising has a positive impact not just on your physical health but also on your mental health. Yoga maybe the hottest trend right now, but it has actually been around for the past 5000 years! It is a mind and body practice that leaves you calmer and more balanced, easing anxiety, stress and physical tension.

Here are the top 5 yoga poses to improve mental health and men’s fitness:

1. Sukhasana or the ‘Easy Pose’ :

As the name suggests, this pose is very simple but works wonders! All you have to do is sit cross-legged with a straight spine, close your eyes and breathe. This pose helps you to shift your focus to your breathing and helps you calm down and stay grounded. It also opens up hips and strengthens your spine. Hold this pose for at least 60 seconds.

 

Courtesy: The Chopra Center
Courtesy: The Chopra Center

 

2. Balasana or Child’s pose :

As the name suggests, this pose is very simple but works wonders! All you have to do is sit cross-legged with a straight spine, close your eyes and breathe. This pose helps you to shift your focus to your breathing and helps you calm down and stay grounded. It also opens up hips and strengthens your spine. Hold this pose for at least 60 seconds.

 

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Courtesy: AskMen

 

3. Sirsasana or Head Stand :

This maybe a slightly advanced pose, but it offers just many benefits! It aids blood flow to the brain cells which improves your memory and concentration power. It also aids in the treatment of anxiety, headaches, insomnia, and stress. If you are a beginner, then please make sure to perform this pose with the support of a wall.

 

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Courtesy: MensXp.com

 

4. Seated Forward Bend :

This move is perfect for beginners. For this pose, you need to sit down with your legs stretched ahead of you and try to touch your toes. If you can’t reach your toes, then go ahead and hold your ankles. This pose helps to lengthen your spine and to relieve stress and tension. It also lifts your mood and helps you to relax.

 

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Courtesy: FLUX Hawaii

 

5. Corpse Pose or Shavasana:

This is probably everyone’s favourite yoga position! All yoga sessions are usually ended with this pose. It is a great way to focus on your breathing and calm down your heartbeat. It also helps you boost your mental health and eases your body.

 

shavasana

 

We hope you enjoyed reading this article and that you found it helpful. Don’t forget to take a break from your routine and care for your mental health. Stay tuned for more stress management tips and techniques.