Traumatic experiences have a way of affecting the health in so many ways, and creating emotional imbalances. This is not something that should be managed, but rather be taken care of as soon as possible. Yoga has its way of connecting with the mind, which can help relieve stress and trauma. Below are some effective yoga exercises that you may like to consider:
1. Cobbler’s pose
This pose works on the pelvis, and we are introducing it here because you are likely to bind in the pelvis when you feel threatened. Sit with your legs straight in front of you, and raise your pelvis on a blanket if your groins are tight. Then, exhale and pull your heels towards your pelvis as much as you can, while you bend your knees. Drop your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet together. Now, grasp the big toe of each foot with your first and second finger and thumb, with outer edges of your foot resting firmly on the floor. Hold this pose for 5-10 minutes.
2. Lion pose
This pose works with the Jaw joint that locks when we try to hold back impulse or desire. To do this, get into a kneeling position, and cross the front of the right ankle over the back of the left. Press your palms firmly against your knees; fan the palms and splay your fingers. Now, inhale deeply through your nose while you open your mouth widely and stretch your tongue, curling its tip down towards your chin. Your eyes should be wide open, while you contract the muscles in front of your throat. Exhale slowly through your mouth with a “Ha” sound. You can roar about three times, before switching your legs and repeating the process.
3. Mountain pose
Your shoulders tend to feel tense when you are stressed out, and a great way to get relief is by moving the arms and shoulders. To do this, begin with a mountain pose, by standing with your feet together and arms by your sides; press your big toes together and draw down through your heels and straighten your legs. Now, lift your ankles and the arches of your feet, and draw the top of your thighs up and back, engaging the quadriceps. Still in this pose, swing your arms up and down; side to side.
These yoga poses, if done consistently, will help to relive trauma.