5 Yoga Poses to Help Break a Bad Mood
Yoga helps calm the nervous system, reset the endocrine system and release toxins from your body, so it is only fitting that it would help you shatter a shitty mood.
If you didn't get enough sleep last night, were cut off on your way to work, or aren't getting a text back from the guy you went on a date with last week this simple series of poses will help you get back to that sweet sweet peach you were when you woke up.
1. Corpse Pose (Savasana)
That's right. Lay down baby girl. The best way to down regulate your body and retreat back to your essence is to connect with the ground with the back side of your body. From the moment we step out of our beds in the morning until we crawl back in at night we rarely take a moment to stop and actually set ourselves into gentle awareness.
To do: Lie flat on your back (with your head supported on a pillow, if you wish), and extend your arms along your sides with your palms facing upward. Allow your body to “melt” into your bed, feeling all the points of contact you have with the ground, breathe deeply and relax.
2. Supine Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)
Imagine your body is a sponge, having absorbed all the negative and unfavorable flavors of the world around you today; now, just as we do when we are done with sponges visualize yourself "wringing out" all the toxins and bad thoughts that may be swirling around in your mind. Physically, use this pose to relieve and revive your lower back by elongating the muscles that run along your spine while also stretching your glutes, shoulders and chest. Reclined twists also aid in the digestive process and help move waste from your body,
To do: Bend one knee and draw it into your chest, then pull it across your body with your opposite hand. Extend your other arm to the side and turn your head to look at that hand. Keep your shoulders flat and breathe deeply, allowing the stretch to deepen with each exhalation. Return to the start and repeat on the other side.
3. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
When all else fails, go back to the womb! If you can feel your blood pressure rising, and anything anyone might say to you will most likely be met with an angry (and almost tearful) "what!?" this would be time for Child’s Pose. This posture calms, centers and soothes the brain, helping relieve stress as well as back and neck pain. This beautiful baby-like pose also helps balance the endocrine system, which regulates your hormones and nervous system.
To do: Get on your hands and knees and spread your knees wide while keeping your big toes touching. Sit back and rest your glutes on your heels and fold forward over your legs. Either reach your arms forward in front of you or alongside your legs and allow your head to sink into a pillow. Hold and breathe.
4. Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
Are you feeling highly irritable because it is your time of the month? First off, REJOICE you are a beautiful woman with a healthy working body. Second, do not worry--the menstrual cycle is complex and INTENSE on the body. You are not alone, or excluded unfortunately in this sometimes painful, but very necessary shedding of our endometrium layer. This semi-inverted pose can help ease bellyaches, remedy cramps, and alleviate migraine tension and anxiety.
To do: Create a support with firm pillows or folded blankets and place it by the headboard of your bed, leaving a few inches in between the board and bolster. Starting on your side, scoot your tail onto the bolster, then roll onto your back. Walk your heels up the wall until your legs are straight and your pelvis is comfortable on the support with your tailbone in the little space between the headboard and the bolster. Close your eyes, breathe and relax your body limb by limb from your head to your feet.
5. Supported Fetal Pose
Feel like you want to lay on the floor and let your tears carry you down stream away from stress? Welp, you can do part one of that scenario by aying your precious emotional body on the ground in this primal and relaxing pose. Traditionally we do this pose on the right side. because Anatomically, the heart is on the left, lifting pressure and your organs away from it helps regulate the pulse and allow blood pressure to gradually reach homeostasis.
To do: Bring your legs down slowly from the wall and lie on your right side. Use your biceps as a pillow and allow your entire body to relax in any way that feels naturally comfortable for you, breathing deeply. Repeat the mantra, "Where ever I go there will be love, everywhere I go--I bring love. " As you gently repeat this mantra to yourself, if you find yourself wanting to doze off to sleep, it's ok--maybe you just needed a nap. ;)