Anxiety is an emotion like any other emotion and we all have the ability at any given time to experience it. Some of us are more prone to experiencing it than others or we may be in a more stressful environment. Whatever the reason, anxiety is not a comfortable emotion to feel.
This yoga asana which is simply called “legs up the couch” (sometimes it really is just that simple) is a great way to begin reducing our anxiety level and lowering our heart rate. It is a very gentle inversion. Inversions are great for boosting our mood. For example, the granddaddy of inversions is a head stand, and this is a very gentle way to get the same benefits as a head stand for your mood. Whenever we invert, which means hips/legs are higher than our head, it does wonderful things for us.
Lay on the floor and place your legs up on the couch or a chair. Roll your shoulders up, back and down, rolling your shoulder blades together with our palms face up down at your sides. This opens up your chest and your heart, so you can begin taking deeper, longer, and even inhales and exhales.
Stay in this position for several minutes until you become aware of the anxiety subsiding, heart rate slowing, and breathing becoming more steady.
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