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Yoga Poses for Anger

author image Erin Beck
Erin Beck began writing professionally in 2008 as an opinion columnist for the West Virginia University student newspaper, "The Daily Athenaeum." She has worked in health promotion at the university and as a communications intern at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a Master of Public Health, both from West Virginia University.
Yoga Poses for Anger
Women chilling out in shoulder stand pose in a yoga class. Photo Credit Photodjo/iStock/Getty Images

Yoga can help you to relax and de-stress when anger flares up. Don't try to repress anger; allow yourself to experience emotion. But instead of reacting in destructive ways, channel your energy into yoga poses. You may want to consider talking to a counselor if your feelings of anger are causing life problems.

Release Anger

One exercise from the school of Kundalini Yoga will help you to release suppressed anger and frustration, according to Anmol Mehta, a certified Kundalini yoga teacher. Lie on your back, then close your eyes. Lift your arms straight up in the air and make fists. Inhale deeply and allow yourself to feel anger. Tense your arms and slowly bring your arms toward your chest, as if you are pulling a heavy object toward you. Keep experiencing the sensation of anger. When your fists reach your chest, exhale forcefully. Let all your anger leave with your breath. Repeat this exercise three times. Relax and perform Corpse pose for one to three minutes.

Corpse Pose

The Corpse pose, or Savasana, is meant to quiet your mind and still your body. Lie flat on your back with your legs close but not touching, and your arms parallel to the body with the palms facing up. Close your eyes, relax your facial muscles and breathe deeply and slowly through the nostrils. Focus on consciously relaxing each part of your body, starting with your head and working your way down. If you begin to feel sleepy, breathe more quickly and deeply.

Sheetali Pranayama

Practice Sheetali Pranayama if you continue to feel angry. Sheetali Pranayama reduces internal heat and promotes tranquility and peace, according to Mehta. Sit in a comfortable position. Elongate your spine upwards, lengthen your neck and pull your chin back and in. Close your eyes and rest your hands on your knees. Curl the sides of your tongue up to form a tunnel and slowly inhale. The air passing over your tongue will create a cooling sensation. Next, bring the tongue back in and exhale through the nose. Repeat for 10 repetitions. Modify this exercise if you can't curl your tongue all the way by curling up the sides of your tongue as far as possible.

Shoulder Stand

The Shoulder Stand can reduce excessive anger and hate, as well as invigorate your body, according to WomenFitness.net. To perform, lie on the floor with your legs together and hands at your sides. Lift your hips off the floor and bring your legs up and over your head. Lift your back and move your legs further behind your head. Straighten your spine and place your arms against your upper back, as near as possible to your shoulder blades. Push your back upward with your hands. Rest your weight on the back side of the shoulders. Lift up your legs, one at a time, with your pelvis straight over your back and your hands. The weight of your legs should be divided between the hands and the shoulders. Shoulder Stand is a more advanced pose best mastered under the guidance of a certified instructor. Support your neck and shoulders with a folded towel to prevent injury to the cervical spine. Do not perform if you have breathing difficulties, neck problems or upper back pain.

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