Rather you are a man, woman or child you may occasionally struggle with anger. Some people experience this negative emotion more than others or to a greater extreme. In any case, yoga can be a great tool to help control fury. There are many poses (asanas) that can greatly benefit anyone when they experience anger.
Signs of anger
Flushing of the face
Persistent verbal arguments
Finding yourself having problems with the law
Threatening harm to others or engaging in physical encounters
Reckless behavior, such as destroying property and breaking property
Holding in anger (which can later lead to an explosive reaction)
Judging and criticizing others
How yoga can help with anger
Yoga poses can help with anger as you perform them while breathing deeply and quietly.
The following asanas are beneficial to those who experience anger.
- The Shoulder Stand ( Sarvang Asana )
As you feel hatred build up or a lot of anger come upon you, the shoulder stand is a great exercise to help tame these feelings.
- Hidden Lotus Pose (Gupta Padmasana)
This asana brings about a sense of tranquility, balance and emotional well being. In addition, it is great for the spine as it helps to align it properly.
- Corpse Pose (Savasana)
The corpse pose is one of the best for promoting relaxation. Anger can cause high blood pressure, and savasana is good for lowering blood pressure, making it even more beneficial in times of displeasure.
Russell Brand performs yoga to aid with anger issues
Russell Brand, Katy Perry's ex-husband, has been using yoga as an anger management technique. During an interview on the talk show "Piers Morgan" Brand actually states, "For the first time in my life I spend more time meditating and doing yoga than I do having sex. That's only because I do a hell of a lot of yoga. And they're still neck and neck!"
A judge states that yoga is a part of anger management
A man was actually sentenced to perform yoga as part of anger management for slapping his wife. Judge Larry Standley said, "It's part of anger management. For people who are into it, it really calms them down."
Videos on yoga for anger management
Coby Langford leads viewers through asanas that are great for irritability and anger in this video that focuses on Dru yoga. Dru yoga is one of about 50 different types of yoga that is similar to tai chi in the flow and movement.
Yoga for emotions offers a free online class on how to release anger through the practice of yoga. This video is by Namaste Yoga with Dr. Melissa West. These poses and breathing techniques will aid in turning your life from chaos to calm.
Are you ready to fight anger and bad emotions back with the practice of yoga? It is definitely well worth the time and effort to go from feeling hatred to enjoying happiness.
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