10 Yoga Moves for Anxiety and Depression

Try these 10 Yoga Moves to Feel More Balanced

Try the following 10 yoga moves for anxiety and depression. Each of the following was selected to combine relaxed breathing with a deep stretch to ease your mind, strengthen your body, and help you feel more balanced and refreshed.

1. Dancer Pose

Balance poses, like the dancer pose, require focus. Indeed, to remain balanced on one leg, you must control your mind, the place where anxiety lives, concentrating so intently on form that troubling thoughts (financial worries, relationship angst, etc.) fade away.

Begin by standing tall with your feet hip-width apart on your yoga mat.

Raise the toes of your right foot off the ground and spread them before lowering them back down again. Press firmly into the floor with all four corners of your foot (inside edge, outside edge, ball, and heel), and engage the muscles in your right leg, glutes, and core. Fix your eye gaze to a spot on the floor about three to four feet in front of you.

Breathe deeply as you shift your bodyweight onto your right leg. Bend your left knee and raise your left leg behind you, grabbing your foot with your left hand. Hinge forward at your hips as if you are leaning over a bar, and reach up with your right hand as you press into your left hand with your left foot.

Hold this position for eight breaths. Switch sides and repeat. Notice how quiet your mind becomes when you have to focus on not falling over?