We all have one of those days, when you spill your coffee, your baby doesn’t take his nap, so that means you wont take your shower until late in the afternoon.
By the end of the day, you are ready to throw up your hands in defeat. You feel frustrated, stressed, hopeless–like a failure and just very sad. People are usually skeptical about yoga and her power to bring joy to everyone’s life. If you need motivation to get trough your day yoga can help you get back on your feet. Try the following poses that can make you feel better fast and boost your inner happiness.
1. Camel Pose
Do it for: Anxiety
Anxiety is like the bully or mean girl you dreaded in middle school. Even if you start your day full of optimism, she lurked in the shadows, waiting to pounce when you least expected her. Anxiety works in much the same way—your fears and worries hover around you all the time, preventing you from feeling confident and happy.
In camel pose, the back bend creates a sense of fearlessness. It exposes your heart and soft underbelly, but in a safe and supported way.
2. Crescent Pose
Do it for: Mild depression
When you’re not feeling particularly happy, try to make your yoga practice about joy, and invite it back into your life, pose by pose, breath by breath. Mild depression can be eased with rejuvenating, playful yoga postures. Back bends, like the slight one in crescent, are proven to release endorphin.
3. Cat and Cow Poses
Do it for: Insomnia
Insomnia—that evil, sleep-stealing monster that lurks under the bed! It feeds off stress, anxiety, and what we in yoga call “the constant fluctuations of the mind,” or racing thoughts. Use these poses to calm your mind and relax your nervous system.
4. Warrior II Pose
Do it for: Vertigo
Vertigo can be triggered by many things—an inner ear infection, spinal dysfunction, or even stress and anxiety. Use this pose to release stress and tension, and remind yourself that you can stand strong.
5. Reclined Bound Angle Pose
Do it for: Relaxation
We all know how hard it is to relax in a world of perpetual motion—our days are packed with meetings and phone calls and social events, not to mention the constant checking of emails, text messages, and social media sites. But we also know how critical it is to be able to tune out all this noise and clear our heads.
6. Goddess Pose
Do it for: A broken heart
You’re in love, blissfully happy, and singing from the rooftops—then suddenly, you find yourself curled up in a ball with a tearstained face and a feeling of despair. A broken heart very well may be the most painful injury ever—with few proven ways of rehab. There’s plenty of advice out there: “Time heals all wounds” and “There are plenty of fish in the sea,” but often those words just aren’t enough. Let this pose remind you that you’re completely in charge of your own happiness.
7. Simple Spinal Twist Pose
Do it for: Bloating
Even saying the word “bloat” is enough to make you uncomfortable. Twists like this one help speed up digestion.
8. Head to Knee Pose
Do it for: Headache
Even incredibly sweet people go postal when a migraine hits them. It’s hard to maintain any sense of well-being when your entire head is throbbing and it hurts to blink. Unfortunately, the best remedy for a migraine is a dark room, a cold compress, and sleep. But yoga can also do wonders to thwart an oncoming migraine, and without a doubt it can help prevent future attacks.
9. Puppy Dog Stretch
Do it for: Bedroom confidence
Nothing’s sexier than a confident partner. You can do squats till you can bounce a quarter off your butt, but if you don’t believe you’re sexy, it won’t translate to someone else. Practicing yoga blends the physical bonus of gaining strength and an attractive figure with the confidence that your body type is perfect and made just for you.
10. Seated Inner-Thigh Twist
Do it for: Intimacy and sensuality
Maybe you brought sexy back, but you still can’t quite get on the same track as your partner. When words fail you, unroll your yoga mats and practice moving and breathing together. Your heart rates will rise for long enough for you to sweat out stress and then lower again to calm your hearts (just in time to send those pulses racing again!).