Have you ever felt a surge of negative emotion flowing through your body which makes you lose control of what you say and disregard the feelings of others? Where you want to burst out and become as loud as possible just because you maybe have lost your patience or maybe because others have hurt you? That is Anger.
Before we start talking about how to use yoga to ease your mind and remove any feelings of anger, we need to understand what is anger, how does it affect our body and our lives in general.
What is anger?
Anger is an emotion which can be destructive and create disorder in your system. Releasing anger in a sudden and intense manner can lead to a heart attack which can possibly cause death. It could affect your health as your digestive system can be affected by rage and could completely cease. For example, an experiment previously conducted on a dog showed that even though the dog had calmed down after being enraged, it had no secretion of digestive juices for hours. Another study revealed that anger caused a man to shed his stomach lining, becoming raw and red. Consumption of food in these types of conditions causes wrong digestion and the entire system gets strained. This causes the entire body to become weak and malnourished and leads to the path of ill health.
How does it affect your physical appearance and social lives?
Anger can also affect the physical appearance of a person. Facial features can transform significantly when a person erupts with anger. Eyes can become big and bloodshot; lips tighten and appear thin; your nostrils flare up and jaws become stiff. After the rage fades away, the face returns back to its original contours. There is the possibility of the facial muscles not turning back to their original position if a person displays rage frequently. This can make some of the tension permanent and the person would appear to be in constant anger. This shows that there is truth to the saying, “the face mirrors the inner self."
People who are filled with anger often suffer in other ways too. They are not able to make friends who last for a long period of time and they get avoided by their own relatives. Therefore, a person displaying anger can feel isolated and lead a miserable life, not knowing what actions they can take to improve it when they are disliked by their near and dear ones.
How can we use Yoga to remedy anger?
Yoga is one of the finest methods to alter the situation, as it helps control the anger at a great degree. Since the over secretion of adrenal hormones is the cause of anger, it is important to use asanas which control the gland. In order to calm the nerves and the mind, it would be affective to use dynamic asanas such as the Prayanama to achieve that. This can be used to protect the system from damage when stress hormones are released into the bloodstream because of anger. Meditation is also an effective technique to further control the mind. It is also tremendously effective when words which are the opposite of anger are used repetitively such as shanti, cool, peace or calm.
There are several techniques and yoga poses which can be used to take control of one’s anger. The most beneficial asana would be the Shashankasana.
Method of performing the Shashankasana:
- Position yourself in Vajransana
- Raise yours arms while inhaling
- While exhaling, bend forward bringing your forehead and your arms to the ground and touch them.
- Breathe normally
The intensity of one’s anger determines how long the person should perform the asana. People who display intense rage for long period of time can go as long as half an hour. Children need to only do it for about 5 minutes.
There are other helpful practices such as:
- Shambhavi Mudra
- First position yourself by sitting straight in a meditative posture suchas the Vajrasana
- Shut your eyes
- Start relaxing your body
- Open your eyes and look up
- Focus your gaze are the central point between your eyebrows. If positioned correctly, this part forms a wide angled “V”.
- Continue to stare at the tip of the angle for a few seconds and close your eyes.
- Repeat this entire process for three more rounds.
- Bhoochari Mudra
- Sit up straight in Padmasana and place your left hand on your left knee in Gyana Mudra.
- Close your eyes and relax yourself.
- Open your eyes and lift your right hand to your face, pointing your palm down and the elbow out.
- Place the nail of your thumb under your nose and stare into the tip of the little finger witout blinking.
- After a minute, remove your hand from the position and continue to stare into the same point where the tip of the little finger used to be as long as you can.
- Continue to practice this asana for four to five minutes.
- Your breathing should be t a normal pace
- Sit down and extend your legs in front of you.
- While inhaling, raise your arms straight above your head.
- While exhaling, bend forward and try to touch and hold your toes without bending your knees.
- Try to bring your head down to a comfortable position
- Keep your breathing at a normal pace.
- Start this asana with five breaths and continue to slowly increase the number of breaths to twenty as you repeat the technique.