Thoughts are intangible, and of course, is something you just feel. They are private, and at times it becomes so hard to even explain it to anyone. But these invisible thoughts have tremendous power to influence your decisions and the course of your life.
These thoughts are not created equal. Every day, you feel and experience an enormous variety of them in both sets – negative and positive. These thoughts can be caring or harmful, gloomy or calming, make you feel safe or fearful, connected or isolated.
They, at times, make you believe in your capabilities or compel you to feel helpless. They are powerful enough to influence the reaction from the body.
It is you who can transform your thoughts. If you change your thinking or shift your perspective, you can make that needed drift. Sounds easy, right? But truly transforming the thoughts take a big amount of determination, courage, concentration, and focus.
To work with your thoughts, Yoga effectively helps you to bring the needful change. Stop that overthinking and get connected with yourself.
Here we’re mentioning some of the most amazing and effective yoga poses to overcome bad thoughts.
A complete workout regime, Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskar is an absolute favorite practice and highly recommended when you’re caught up in a trap of overthinking. During this yogic sequence series, you need to sync your every breath with each pose you’re transferring. Once you get into the flow, you feel blissful. Surya Namaskar comprises of 12 poses sequence and should be practiced around 2-3 rounds to clear the mental chatter and quiet those unnecessary thoughts.
Warrior 2 Pose
Warrior 2 Pose or Virabhadrasana 2 is simple and easy to perform, yet a powerful and effective one that energizes the body. It brings positivity and promotes peace, auspiciousness, and courage to your life.
You need to stand straight, keeping legs 3-4 feet apart. Point the right foot outward around 90-degree and the left foot inwards by 15-degree. Now gently lift the arms sideways up till your shoulder. Take a deep breath and bend your right knee. Your right knee and right ankle should form a straight line. Now turn your head gently towards the right and stay in the pose for 30-60 seconds. Release and repeat on the other side.
Reverse Warrior Pose
Reverse Warrior Pose of Virabhadrasana challenges your body and mind to focus on those things that you want to change as you leave the mat. You can’t control negative thoughts but can overcome it with yoga.
Stand on the mat with your legs a few feet apart. Turn the right foot outward around 90-degree and the left foot inwards by 15-degree. The arch of the right foot should be in line with the heel of the right foot. Now slide the right hand down on the left or fold it and place it on the back. Now raise the left hand upward and straight with the palm facing towards the sky/ceiling. Stay in the pose for 5 breaths, release, and repeat on the other side.
Learn other Warrior poses and modifications during Yoga Retreat in Nepal.
Eagle Pose or Garudasana is a balancing posture that is amazing for increasing concentration and focus. Combine the practice with slow and even breathing, and regular practice leaves no room for overthinking.
Stand straight on the mat and then bend your left knee, and wrap the right leg around the left leg. Your legs need to be stacked over each other, and your right foot should be touching the left shin. Now raise your arms forward and up till the shoulder level. Wrap them around each other. Balance the body and hold the pose for a few seconds. Release and repeat on the other side.
Yoga Bend Poses
Yoga Back Bend Poses are extremely effective when it comes to banishing the negative thoughts. Using your breath, focus all your energy on two or three positive things that happened in recent time. Relive and relish those feelings of happiness and open the getaways for positivity to enter into your life. Practice asanas like Natrajasana, Matsyasana, Ashtangasan, Salamba Bhujagasana, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Urdhva Mukha Svasana, Setu Bandhasana, Utthita Svanasana, Bhujangasana, and more.
An extremely effective and powerful Yoga backbend pose, Camel Pose or Ustrasana ignites inner consciousness. The pose provides a wave of intense energy that flows freely from the crown of your head to the feet. The influx of prana helps to vibrate higher and let go of overthinking anxiety, and bad thoughts.
Begin the asana by kneeling on the mat and placing your hands on the hips. Make sure your shoulders and knees are in line. Inhale, and arch your back and slightly slide your palm over your feet. Straighten your arms and keep your neck in a neutral position. Hold the pose for around 30-60 seconds.
Child’s Pose or Balasana is a restorative therapeutic pose that provides the utmost relaxation. It is a perfect opportunity to turn your focus inward and calm the body and mind. This way you can quiet the mental chatter, overthinking, and help yourself overcome bad negative thoughts.
Sit on the mat on your knees, and take a deep breath. Spread your knees a little bit, and then push your body downward. Sit on your thighs, placing hips on the heels. Now inhale and take your hands upwards, exhale, and bend forward folding from the hip joint. As you bend, bring the hands down and place them in front of you over the head. Make sure your forehead should touch the mat. Relax and stay in the pose for a minute.
These poses are wonderful, apart from it, Ayurveda courses in Kerala offer amazing therapies, and treatment to rejuvenate and keep your stress free.
Clear your head and live a calming and blissful lifestyle.
Bipin Baloni is a yoga teacher from India and his core specialization is in Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. He conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda and Health.