Yoga is well known for its benefits for physical and mental health. A recent study that published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found out that yoga can improve symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder.

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When you practice yoga, you can focus on your breath and being present at the moment. It will help you feel and ease any negative emotions that arise.

When the feeling of anxiety start to bother you, you can try these yoga poses to help calm yourself.

1. Hero pose

This pose can help you find your center. Not only can help you declutter your thought and focus on your breath, this pose also make your muscles work; quadriceps, knee muscles, erector spinae and ankle muscles.

Hold this pose for up to 5 minutes before you do the other pose.

2. Tree pose

You might have seen this pose almost everywhere, but this pose can help you to focus inward and stay calm.

The muscles that worked for this classic yoga pose include quadriceps, abdominals, psoas and tibialis anterior. Hold this pose for up to 2 minutes and repeat on the other side of your leg.

3. Triangle pose

This pose that also called as Trikonasana can help ease the tension in your back and neck. It also help stretches many part of your body, like thighs, knees, ankles, hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine.

Hold this pose for up to 2 minutes and do for the opposite side.

4. Child’s Pose

This relaxing pose can help ease fatigue and stress. This yoga pose can also be done to relief back and neck pain.

This pose involves sitting with hips resting on heels, chest over the thighs and forehead to the floor. Arms can be lay by your side or you can extend it.

Hold this pose for up to 5 minutes or if its too long, hold it for 8-10 breaths.

5. Legs-Up-the-Wall pose

This pose allow yourself to relax and relieves lower back tension. This pose can supports the flow of blood back to our heart which can help increases blood circulation and soothes cramped or swollen legs.

Hold this pose for up to 10 minutes

Although recent research supports yoga as a way to relieve anxiety, it may not be suitable for everyone. If you feel that doing yoga is truggering your anxiety more than alleviate it, you should discontinue it and talk to your doctor to find more suitable exercise to help you control the anxiety.

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