When dealing with an angry mind, it’s important to remember that the way we respond to our anger can either lead us into a downward spiral of negativity or help us find inner calm and peace.
Whether you're feeling overwhelmed by an unexpected rush of anger or need daily practice to keep your temper in check, taking time out each day to perform yoga poses for calming irritation can be incredibly beneficial.
Breathing exercises can be a great way to start practising yoga poses for calming anger. Deep breathing exercises not only serve as a powerful relaxation technique, but they can also help open up your lungs and chest and promote circulation in the body.
So, let's not dwell more on our anger but, instead, work on finding the appropriate poses to quiet an angry mind.
Easy Seated Pose (Sukhasana)
Sit in Sukhasana to feel grounded and connected to the earth. This easy mindfulness technique can help you calm yourself and begin to draw yourself out of the hold of rage. You are now ready to do the Breath of Fire Pranayama for a complete 60 seconds.
Commit to releasing whatever pent-up rage you've been holding in. Allow your anger to rise to the surface, and then let it go as you exhale.
When you finish, stretch your arms above and open your hands. It gives you a direct outlet for your rage. If you have any residual feelings, scream for a few seconds to let them go.
Screaming therapy, also known as primal therapy, has been clinically proven beneficial to one's health.
So go ahead and express yourself! You’ll feel better after that. Then, for a few minutes, let your arms fall by your sides and sit in solitude. Take note of how you feel.
Sukhasana aids in the release of anger by assisting you in becoming grounded, which is the first step in releasing negative emotions. Breath of Fire sharpens the intellect, cleanses the body, and changes the energy so you can let it go.
Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
Camel Pose is a powerful heart-opening pose, which aids in the discharge of anger. Heart openers open the Heart Chakra, welcoming in and sending out love and assisting in the melting away the anger.
Begin on your knees, with your hips stacked over your knees. Bring your elbows in toward the middle of your back and place your hands against your low back.
Begin by softly pressing your hips forward while you elevate your chest and look up towards the ceiling.
When you're ready, carefully exit Camel Pose and rest your seat on your heels. Next, put your hands on your lap and sit calmly, eyes open (to avoid dizziness), for another 5-10 breaths, observing how you feel emotionally and physically.
Revolved Crescent Lunge (Parivrtta Anjaneyasana)
Twists nourish and massage the spinal column, which aids in the discharge of anger. When we are upset, we physically close down, curving our spines and producing tension in our bodies. This twist relieves stress, allowing you to release your rage.
Begin in Low Crescent Lunge Pose, right foot front. Bring your hands to your heart centre and tilt your body forward slightly as you hook your left elbow to the outside of your right knee, maintaining your spine extended.
For a more profound twist, push your elbow on the outside of your leg. Again, maintain a comfortable posture with your shoulders away from your ears.
Slowly straighten your back leg (keeping your back knee slightly bent) and press down through your back left heel. Next, pull in your lower abdominal and raise your body away from your thigh as you twist.
Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana) with Ganesha Mudra
When coupled with the Goddess Pose, the Ganesha Mudra improves blood circulation and relieves tension in the shoulders and chest, opening up the Heart Chakra.
Goddess Pose also expands the hips and builds confidence and power, allowing you to let go of your anger and go on.
Begin in Goddess Pose, heels in, toes out, and knees gently pressed outward.
Place your left hand on your chest, palm outstretched, thumb pointing down. Bring your right hand in front of your left, palm facing you, thumb pointing up.
Bend your fingers and hook the right and left fingers together, with your elbows pointed outward.
Inhale deeply, then exhale by pulling your elbows apart while maintaining your fingers clasped. Take five deep breaths at this point.
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Practising Savasana helps you revitalize and recharge by stimulating the parasympathetic nerve system, commonly known as the body’s “rest and digest” response. In addition, this position decreases blood pressure and pulse rate, which is very good for releasing anger.
Lie on your back with your legs spread long and your arms at your sides, palms up. Keep your eyes closed, breathe normally, and allow your body to sink into the mat - relax and soften from your toes up to your brows and forehead.
Release remaining tension, beginning with the soles of your feet and working your way up to the top of your head. Allow serenity and quiet to enter your mind, body, and soul. Maintain this posture for five minutes.
How does yoga help to quell your anger?
Yoga is very beneficial, not only in releasing anger but also in the prevention of it. In addition, yoga poses are great in bringing awareness to your body to build a more fulfilling life.
As you practice yoga, you begin to learn how to situate your body into spaces most comfortable for you. It helps you become aware of where your truest self lies.
In addition, you start to bring attention to how each emotional space feels in your physicality, helping yourself change energy when negative emotions are present.
All the poses in this list are great for yoga practitioners to use in their daily life to help them with all kinds of emotions.
It is easy to get angry when we experience negative emotions. Unfortunately, this can wreak havoc in our lives when we allow it to continue unchecked, so it is always good to employ these strategies to release our negative emotions. It is especially true if you find yourself becoming angry often.
Many techniques and tools can help you achieve your goal of releasing anger and using the energy positively in your life. The more tools you have at your disposal, the better off you will be when anger arises.
Many people use anger as a means to get what they want. You can do this through, for example, manipulation or by using violence.
However, the only way to get what you want is to focus on positive change. For example, if you are angry about something in your life, try to find out how you can change it instead of getting mad at the situation.
Observing positive change will help you release anger more easily than negative thoughts of revenge or fighting back will!
So, practice yoga. It is an excellent way for you to be able to release your anger and control your emotions.