Listen. We all deal with anger. It’s a part of life. But there are healthy ways to deal with anger (and not-so-healthy ways too) . . .
If you’re struggling to control your temper, or if your initial reaction is to yell and scream when you’re feeling angry, you’re not alone. Many of us struggle with anger.
In some situations, anger is a normal response when we’ve been physically or emotionally hurt. It’s not a matter of avoiding anger altogether, because that would mean ignoring your feelings and not processing your emotions.
It’s about learning how to process your anger and move through it so you can move on from it.
The good news is there are many healthy ways to deal with anger, and one of the most effective ways to release anger is yoga. In fact, according to a study published in Frontiers In Psychology, practicing yoga can help control anger and improve the impulses that surround anger.
Practice These 5 Yoga Poses to Release Anger:
1. Easy Seated Pose (Sukhasana) With Breath of Fire
Find Sukhasana, or Easy Seated Pose, and take a moment to feel grounded and connected to the earth here. This simple step of mindfulness will help center you and start pulling you from the grips of anger.
Now you’re ready to practice Breath of Fire Pranayama for a full 60 seconds. Commit to releasing any built up anger that you have been suppressing. Allow that anger to rise up to the surface and as you exhale, let it go.
Not Sure How to Practice? Here’s a Breath of Fire Pranayama Tutorial
When you’re done, open your palms and stretch your arms overhead. This provides a direct channel to release your anger. If you feel like you have any lingering emotions, scream for a few seconds to let it go.
Screaming therapy, also known as primal therapy, is scientifically proven to be good for your health. So go ahead and let it all out! You’ll feel better after you do.
Then, let your arms fall down by your sides and sit in silence for a few minutes. Notice how you feel. Is there a shift in your emotional state? Do you feel like a weight has been lifted?
How it helps release anger:
Sukhasana helps you get grounded, which is the first step in releasing negative emotions. Breath of Fire deeply focuses the mind, detoxifies the body, and shifts the energy so you can let. it. go.
2. Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Begin in a kneeling position with your hips stacked over your knees. Place your palms against your low…