BARDO Magazine Issue 1 - Page 31

How Does Yoga Help?

Yoga Sequences Shift Your Mood

Every yoga class is designed with a specific yoga sequence that contains poses or series of poses to alter your mood. The following explains the purpose of each part of a yoga sequence, and what your body might feel during them + examples of poses.

Beginning and End of Class

Meditative/Intuitive. Calm and tune into your body.

Sun Salutations

Heat and rid of toxins. Helps rid of anxieties. The connection of the breath with the single movements and flow of these repeated movements helps to calm and reconnect your mind with your body.

Standing Positions

For strength and focus. (Focusing is so hard when you first start!)

Balancing Poses

To help focus. Yogi’s often say to “ground or center.”

Hip Openers

To release stress (most of our stress lies in our hips) **tears or frustrated feels are normal here**

Heart Openers

Allows more space for the breath. Can be an emotional release. These include backbends. **tears are o.k. here xox*

Twists

Rids of toxins. Adds moisture to the spine.

Forward Folds

To relax. ***Held forward folds are good for some types of anxiety and panic, but not for depression

Inversions

Change your perspective. Helps boost mood.

Savasana

Teaches full relaxation.

Your First

Yoga Assignment!

Make a playlist of your favorite music that calms you (and doesn’t bring up bad memories.)

Clear a space for your yoga practice in your home. Make it look pretty and smell nice.

Pick a candle for your practice.

P.S. Currently, I like to listen to Local Natives, 'Hummingbird' album during my practice.

An excerpt from TheStrangeIsBeautiful.com ∆