We already know yoga is good for cardiovascular health, flexibility, and improved muscle tone. What you may not know is that yoga can improve help you breathe slowly which can allow you to destress and send negative thoughts away, helping you control your anger.

Corpse Pose

In corpse pose, your mind and body will be calm, you will be able to concentrate, and your entire body will be relaxed. Lie on your back with your palms up and your arms at your side. Breath deep into your belly with your eyes closed and stay relaxed.

Cooling Breath Pose

This pose will help reduce your anger and allow you to focus. Roll or purse your tongue and inhale through your mouth. Your breath should come through your tongue. Close your mouth and exhale through your nose.

Half Twist Pose

This pose will massage your internal organs and stretches your spine. Sit with both of your legs ahead of you and then bend one knee up while bending the other on the ground underneath the other leg. Twist your spine towards your side where the knee is up and use your knee to rest your arm as you stretch forward to pose.

Shoulder Stand Pose

This pose will stabilize your nervous system, build strength, flexibility of the spinal cord, and thyroid and parathyroid glands. Lie on your back with your hands by your side of your body and your legs together. Lift your legs at a ninety degree angle and raise your body more with your hands on your waist.

Breathe Deeply

Breathe deep into your diaphragm as you can feel or see your belly rise up. Relax your muscles from head to toe to release the tension you feel. Feel your anger and then let it go. You should be focusing more on your breathing instead of the anger you are keeping inside.

Keep a yoga journal with you.

Keeping a journal will allow you to keep track of how yoga affects your overall anger. You can write about what you like about what you are doing and what is frustrating you that needs work. Writing itself will reduce your anger levels.

Practice yoga regularly.

If you get angry on a daily basis, you might want to take a yoga class or practice your routine three times a week. Getting ten to twenty minutes of yoga can improve you stress levels.

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