Did you know hips store emotions? Try these 3 yoga asanas to release them!

Published on: 16 January 2022, 10:30 am IST

Have you been dealing with the constant pain of suppressed emotions or anxiety. Well, try these yoga poses to help you let go and feel better !

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Pent up emotions are not good for anybody. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Human emotions are underrated, often overlooked in daily hectic schedules or we suppress them due to ample reasons. Several times, we neglect the emotional turbulence,  and continue to suffer the ensuing anxiety and other mental health issues. Girls, suppressing your emotions can be exhausting, heavy, and unhealthy for your mental health. You can practice a plethora of techniques to release your suppressed emotions but one of the best ways is through yoga.

As a powerful practice, yoga not only helps in channelizing your emotions and anxiety but even keeps you healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Anjali Verma, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga teacher and practitioner, shared the apt poses via her Instagram page.

She writes, “Our suppressed emotions are believed to be stored in our hips. Yoga asanas and kriyas might help release these emotions”.

Try these asanas to let go of suppressed emotions:

1. Child’s pose (Balasana)

Steps to do:

* Come to your hands and knees on the mat.
* Spread your knees as wide as your mat, keeping the top of your feet on the floor with the big toes touching each other.
* Bring your belly to rest between your thighs and root your forehead to the floor.
* Relax the shoulders, jaw, and eyes. If it is not comfortable to place the forehead on the floor, rest it on a pillow.

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Thi feutus like yoga pose will make you sleep like a baby.Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Benefits:

Child’s Pose is a gentle stretch for the back, hips, thighs, and ankles. It can help relieve back pain, release tension and helps you with anxiety and depression by releasing your suppressed emotions.

2. Anjaneyasana or Crescent Moon Pose

Steps to do:

* Start by getting into downward facing dog pose. Now place your right foot in between your hands and lower your left knee to the floor.
* Place the top of your left foot on the floor and ensure your right knee is bent at a 90-degree angle.Inhale, lift your spine upwards, stretch your arms up to the ceiling in line with your ears, and join your palms in namaskar mudra.
* Bend your head slightly backwards and look up. Stay here for 5-9 breaths and then repeat with the left foot.

Benefits: 

* Energizes you
* It mainly focuses on hips, back, shoulders and thighs

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Try this crescent moon pose to release emotions. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. Happy baby pose

Steps to do:

* Lie on your mat and pull your knees to your chest.
* Place hands on outsides of feet, opening your knees wider than your torso.
* Press your feet into the hands while pulling down on feet, creating resistance.
* Breathe deeply then hold for at least 30 seconds.

Benefits:

* Opens the inner thighs, hips, and groin.
* Reduces lower back pain.
* Realigns and stretches the spine.
* Eases stress and anxiety.
* Improves tiredness and fatigue

Yashwani Arora Yashwani Arora

Yashwani is best described as a voracious reader and ardent writer. She is a techie who enjoys both writing and coding. When she is not engrossed in either of these two, she enjoys exploring new places and trying new foods.

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