Yoga For Emotional Balance

Heal Your Life Force, Find Peace Of Mind, And Relieve Your Depressive Or Bipolar Symptoms. 

By Liz Owen

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If you have ever been in a situation where you feel tense, stressed, or unable to calm down, you have probably experienced the value of taking a few big, deep breaths. This is an everyday example of how yoga can dramatically shift our unhealthy, unsupportive emotions into constructive and helpful ones, and how it can help us have happy, content lives.

Yoga can help many symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder, including mood swings, fear, anxiety, tension, and lethargy. One way yoga helps is to release energetic blockages that are called granthis in Sanskrit. These are "knots" that form at the navel region, the seat of personal power; the heart center, the seat of the emotional body, and the throat, the seat of self-expression. 

When we release these blockages, our physical and emotional layers open and energy flows freely. This energy, called prana, is the essential life-force of all beings. When prana flows freely through the body, we feel vital and healthy; we reconnect with others and become a part of the world. 

This sequence of yoga poses and breathwork is designed to help you release your blockages, to untie your knots. Doing this sequence regularly can bring into your life a glimpse into our connection with universal energy and its abiding, supporting role in our well-being. By opening your body and centering your mind, you can balance the ups and downs of bipolar mood swings and change anxiety to calmness, sadness to happiness, and lethargy to vitality. You can glimpse your connection with universal energy and find its abiding, supporting role in your well-being.

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Have a yoga mat, two blankets, a bolster or other firm pillow(s), a strap and two blocks. Props can provide support so that your body can move into a comfortable stretch rather than too much stretch or strain in a pose.

When you use props to support your torso, be sure the height of the prop is comfortable for your back. 

Use a folded blanket instead of a bolster if less height under your back is more comfortable.

Hold active poses for 20-30 seconds each and try to repeat them two times to each side. You may stay in supported and resting poses as long as you are comfortable.

In all poses, breathe deeply and fully, with even inhales and exhales. If you experience pain in a pose it is time to come out--your body won't benefit from pushing through pain.

In the supported poses, you may close your eyes and cover them with an eye bag. If you are more comfortable with your eyes open, let them soften and gaze inwards towards the back of your head rather than reaching outwards. Look within, not without.

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Perception4. Discovering how physical exercise can improve your self-esteem, mood, and confidence that will allow you to work through your emotional pain. Exercising will also bring back the playful innocence of a child. It will make you feel and look better. It will increase your organizational abilities and give you a purpose.

Perception4. Discovering how physical exercise can improve your self-esteem, mood, and confidence that will allow you to work through your emotional pain. Exercising will also bring back the playful innocence of a child. It will make you feel and look better. It will increase your organizational abilities and give you a purpose.

Perception4. Discovering how physical exercise can improve your self-esteem, mood, and confidence that will allow you to work through your emotional pain. Exercising will also bring back the playful innocence of a child. It will make you feel and look better. It will increase your organizational abilities and give you a purpose.

Perception4. Discovering how physical exercise can improve your self-esteem, mood, and confidence that will allow you to work through your emotional pain. Exercising will also bring back the playful innocence of a child. It will make you feel and look better. It will increase your organizational abilities and give you a purpose.

Perception4. Discovering how physical exercise can improve your self-esteem, mood, and confidence that will allow you to work through your emotional pain. Exercising will also bring back the playful innocence of a child. It will make you feel and look better. It will increase your organizational abilities and give you a purpose.

Perception4. Discovering how physical exercise can improve your self-esteem, mood, and confidence that will allow you to work through your emotional pain. Exercising will also bring back the playful innocence of a child. It will make you feel and look better. It will increase your organizational abilities and give you a purpose.

Perception4. Discovering how physical exercise can improve your self-esteem, mood, and confidence that will allow you to work through your emotional pain. Exercising will also bring back the playful innocence of a child. It will make you feel and look better. It will increase your organizational abilities and give you a purpose.

Perception4. Discovering how physical exercise can improve your self-esteem, mood, and confidence that will allow you to work through your emotional pain. Exercising will also bring back the playful innocence of a child. It will make you feel and look better. It will increase your organizational abilities and give you a purpose.

Perception4. Discovering how physical exercise can improve your self-esteem, mood, and confidence that will allow you to work through your emotional pain. Exercising will also bring back the playful innocence of a child. It will make you feel and look better. It will increase your organizational abilities and give you a purpose.