Yoga Tips for Anger

Many people have approached me asking how they can better deal with anger through yoga.⁠

So here are some tips for you!⁠


⁠Sitali/Sitkari Breathing

Anger is a fire emotion. Sitali and Sitkari pranayama are the best to cool down your body and mind.⁠


Forward Folds

Practice any pose available to you that involves bending forward. Forward folds release tension in the back, shoulders and neck, and soothe the nervous system, getting you out of the fight-or-flight mode.⁠

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Lay down, arms relaxed down next to your sides and legs slightly apart. Slowly, bring your awareness and relax your body part by part, starting with your toes, your feet, ankles, calves etc… relax the jaw, separating the teeth and the lips, hinting a smile to relax the whole face. Finish on the crown of your head. This is a delightful exercise for falling asleep as well!⁠

Svadhyaya

This means self-study. Study yourself when you feel anger rising. Take awareness of the emotion, notice where you feel it in your body, notice your breathing. Try to identify your triggers, and reflect on how you can change that.⁠

Empathy

Try to see the situation from the other person’s perspective. When you change perspective you may gain a new understanding and become less angry

What are your tips for dealing with anger?