Anger isn’t all that bad an emotion if you know how to make it work for you. In a strange way, anger can actually help you focus, connecting you to your more raw and emotional sides.
Its when we let anger get out of hand and become persistent, that problems arise. When we let anger get out of hand, it can impact your daily life mentally, physically and spiritually.
Anger is a built-up emotion that builds on itself. And when it doesn’t get vented out, that bottled up negative energy can erupt within us; making it hard for us to carry out our daily tasks and routines.
Socially, anger today is considered to be a sign of increased frustration and anxiety. People who are restless and anxious tend to keep their anger locked up and that makes them even more emotionally agitated. Unfortunately, anger is a mental state that more and more everyday people are experiencing.
That is why it is important for you to learn how you can manage your anger in a way that allows it to vent it all out and keep it in control. When anger gets out of hand, it causes increased blood pressure because your body goes into a state of flight or fight. And when your body is put in this state enough, it eventually leads to further issues in your life such as anxiety, depression, hypertension, heart attacks, migraines and decreased immunity to diseases etc. Health issues that nobody really want and many can’t afford to have.
So what’s the fix? Yup, it’s Yoga. Yoga is one of the top used meditating methods in the world that is prescribed by doctors and therapists to help their patients get a better handle on anger. The reason being, is because yoga allows you to align your breathing patterns with your mind, which in turn allows you to relax.
Yoga helps you channel your negative emotions in a peaceful manner where the end result is getting you to calm down while your mind allows itself to heal emotionally. The yoga benefits for anger management are many.
7 Yoga Poses to Help with Anger Management
So now that we’v established how yoga benefits anger management, let’s give you some precise yoga poses to get you started. Below are seven of the most used yoga poses that can be practiced to help you control and manage anger.
1 – Twists
Twists in yoga were created to cure the restlessness in a human body that triggers anxiety, frustration, and anger. 10 to 15 minutes every day of twists will help you control your anger and to relax your body. They work in a way that they align your breath with your mind so you can feel in control of your body and mind. That is when you feel in control of the anger. Twists remove stiffness from your body so you can relax.
2 – Lord of the fishes pose
Sit on your hips and extend your right leg. Bend your left knee and keep your legs crossed. Exhale as you hold your left knee with your right arm and turn your head back. Pause for a few seconds and switch sides. This yoga pose is great for energizing the body, and for calming both your mind and nervous system.
3 – Revolved side angle
Stand with your feet wide apart and make your left foot ground down on a 45 degrees angle. Bend your right knee and place your hands together in a prayer pose. Hold for few seconds and then switch sides.
This pose stretches, tones, and strengthens the entire body, inside and out, and it also stimulates and tones the abdominal organs and lungs, which improves digestion, elimination, metabolism, and breathing capacity.
4 – Child pose
The purpose of this pose is to relax your mind like a child’s mind and make it more carefree and calm. You rest your hips on your feet and extend your arms ahead of you while your head rests on the mat. It will give you time to feel independent and less restless.
This resting pose effectively centers, calms, and soothes our brains, making it one of the most therapeutic postures for relieving stress and reducing anger.
5 – Corpse Pose
To begin, wear a casual but comfortable tracksuit or trousers and lay very still on the yoga mat. Breathe slowly and let your mind steer clear of all the negative emotions and thoughts. It will help you focus on the problem in a solution-oriented manner. Keep your legs a bit apart and your arms and hands resting on the sides in a relaxed mode. One by one, try to relax every muscle in your body and practice this every day.
This pose in particular, is considered the most important yoga pose of all yoga poses, primarily because it allows for acquiring a greater awareness of all that ales you, and because of its tension releasing ability. So be sure to learn this one.
6 – Reclined Twist
Lay on your back and hug your knees to your chest. Make your knees fall to the left side and your head on the right. Then, press your hips to the left with your left hand and extend your right arm to reach the other side of the room. Pause for a few seconds and then switch sides.
7 – The wood chopper
To begin, start by standing with your feet apart and knees slightly bent. Cross your fingers together and pretend as if you are holding an axe. Reenact the pose of chopping a wood block in half. Scream and let out ‘HA’ to release all the anger inside you and feel good with as many times as you like.
No matter how angry you are, you need to channel that anger somehow. Using yoga to do to so, is one of the best known ways, and now you have seven approaches to try out.
Remember, yoga can and will help you focus and derive a positive and solution-oriented approach towards all your issues, rather than a negative and problem-oriented one.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to roll out the yoga mat….Good luck!