6 Fierce Yoga Poses that Will Help You Through Dark Times
Most people in their lifetime will experience deep moments of despair, sadness, or angst. If you ever feel this way, you should know that these moments can be filled with the potential to change you for the rest of your life. How you decide to proceed is the determining factor of the next fork in your own winding path in life.
In truth, even the most positive and upbeat people can experience these dark, inward moments of fear, anxiety, and spite. It is the people who hide it best that usually have it the worst. If you feel like it’s time to change how you cope with the ebb and flows of life, you may want to find your power source through yoga.
Fierce Yoga is a method of gazing deeply within yourself to uncover the purpose hidden in these negative feelings. This article will give you some poses to try to help you get you through these feelings, but truly Fierce Yoga is a way of life.
6 Yoga Poses to Get You Through Despair:
1) Child’s Pose
How it helps: Allows you to go inward to feel your emotions. It is important for you to get in touch with the true scope of how you’re feeling, even though it might be quite challenging. When you begin to acknowledge how you truly feel, your emotions become much more tolerable.
How to do Child’s Pose:
Come into kneeling on a yoga mat. If your knees are sensitive, place a folded blanket beneath them.
Sit your hips back towards your heels, and lower your head to the floor. Extend your arms along the floor in front of you.
Keep your head as relaxed as possible, and breathe into your rounded spine. Take 10 deep breaths in and out through your nose.
2) Supported Belly Down Twist
How it helps: This pose helps to stimulate the digestive system, as well as an energy center in your body responsible for willpower and self-esteem. There is a direct correlation to digestive health and brain function, as such, this pose is quite beneficial.
How to get into the pose:
Use a bolster, or stack a 2-3 bed pillows on top of each other. (The firmer the pillows the better)
Bring one hip to the end of the pillows, then separate your feet.
Turn your torso to face the pillows, and gently lower your chest onto the pillows. Look in the same direction as your bent knees.
You should feel quite comfortable and supported in the pose.
3) Legs Up on the Wall
How it helps: This pose reduces swelling and water retention in your legs, removing lactic acid and providing a rush of blood into your organs. This is an extremely restful pose, and can ease the deep fatigue that can come from feelings of despair.
How to get into this pose:
Sit with one hip against the wall – with your knees bent & your feet flat.
Slowly lower down to lie on your back – at the same time, turn so that you can put your legs up the wall.
Straighten your legs up the wall.
Bring your hips as close to the wall as you can.
Stay in this pose for 20-30 breaths. Breathe deeply into your belly.
4) Supported Fish
How it helps: This pose is a heart-opening pose, and gives you an opportunity to release any difficult emotions. It is very common to cry during this pose, so make sure to have some tissues nearby.
How to get into this pose:
Roll up a bath towel, about 2-3 inches in diameter. Place it width-size on the top third of your yoga mat.
Lie down on the towel, making sure it ends up beneath your shoulder blades, about halfway down your rib cage.
Make sure that you can place your shoulder blades flat on the floor.
Straighten out your legs, and bring your hands onto your belly. Take 15-20 deep breaths in through your nose, out through your mouth.
5) Breath of Fire
How it helps: This breathing exercise releases toxins from your lungs, and also energizes your body and mind. This pose is also known as “Shining Skull” because of the euphoria it can induce afterwards.
How to do this breathing exercise:
Sit comfortably with your spine nice and tall. On the floor, or on the edge of a chair.
Bring one hand over your navel. Inhale, and then exhale forcefully from your diaphragm. You will naturally take in air through your nose, so don’t force an inhale.
You can use your hands to press on the abdomen on your exhales, if you find that you are unable to make the exhales forceful enough to have the air naturally suck back in.
Continue breathing this way at a rhythmic pace – whatever is comfortable for you.
Practice 10-20 breaths like this, then take a deep inhale, from your belly to the space between your eyes. Exhale completely.
6) Wide Leg Forward Fold
How it helps: This pose brings your heart below your head, reduces compression in the spine, and stretching out your hamstrings. This pose is also quite energizing, but more importantly being upside-down changes your perspective.
How to practice this pose:
Stand on your mat sideways, and separate your feet as wide as you comfortably can. Point your toes slightly inward.
Bring your hands onto your hips, and hinge forward from your hips with a straight spine. Lower your hands onto blocks or the floor. Relax your head completely.
In order to be more comfortable in the pose, you can have your feet closer or wider apart. Listen to your body & don’t go too far. This is a deep hamstring stretch!
When you’re going through difficult times in life such as death of a loved one or other major losses, these poses can help to bring you strength. Sometimes, we experience anxiety or depression due to emotions we repressed. If that’s the case, these poses have the same benefit. How do you plan to cope with life when the world feels like it’s falling down around you?