It is important to keep away from negative mind states.
These mind states are like poison to your state of being. People who dwell in negative states of mind usually end up manifesting physical illness sooner or later.
It is important for you to understand that your mind is in your control and should not control you.
The two mental states which are extremely detrimental to your mental and physical health are Nervousness and Frustration. Yoga as a discipline seeks to place you in a state of equilibrium where your mind stays stable under any circumstance. A practitioner of Yoga never sways with his/her emotions.
They take action as per the need to the moment with indecision or fear. Here we will discuss the various Parnayama techniques and Asanas which can be used to develop positive characteristics to overcome the energy sapping negative states like nervousness and frustration.
Overcoming Nervousness with Yoga
Nervousness manifests from a weak mind which is usually the result of a weak nervous system. Strengthening the nervous systems automatically cures this defect. Nervousness is characterized by the below characteristics:
- Stuttering speech
- Wavering gaze
You need to ask yourself what are the qualities which you would like to possess in order to replace nervousness with its positive opposite? The qualities such as the below is what you should aim for:
- Relaxed body language
- Confident tone of voice
- Steady gaze
- Order or organization
Your nerves are unsteady due to their repeated abuse resulting from a negative mind set. You have been continuously asserting negative thoughts to yourself. Moreover your breathing is irregular and it leads to improper blood circulation. The state of your nervous system is also unbalanced due to the same reason.
In order to develop the positive characteristics mentioned above and overcome nervousness one should practice the below yoga exercises on daily basis. Within a few weeks there would be notable change in your behavior.
With the strengthening of the nervous system you will soon become more decisive and fearless.
Pranayama: The below pranayama exercises should be performed:
- Rhythmic breathing
- Nadi Sodhana (alternate breathing)
While performing Nadi Sodhana you also need to practice breath retention.
Yoga Asanas: The below yoga Asanas should be practiced on daily basis:
Paschimottanasana: This asana entails stretching on the back without straining it.
Viparitakarani: This is a inverted posture.
Sarvangasana: Entails standing on the shoulder.
Sirshasana: Standing on the head.
Savasana: Completely relaxed posture.
Performing these Asanas on daily basis will improve blood circulation and strengthen the nervous system. Practicing Sirshasana is extremely beneficial for increased blood flow to the cranial nerves.
Overcoming Frustration with Yoga
Frustration is again a state of helplessness and fear. It manifests in negative states like anger and lack of courage. People who stay constantly frustrated lose their zeal for life and look very defensively towards it. An introverted attitude is usually evident in frustrated people. They feel that circumstances are not in their control and feel helpless about it. They usually express their frustration through self sabotaging habits like smoking and excessive alcoholism.
The attitude one should look to develop, in order to overcome the debilitating effects of this negative trait, are as below
- Develop a zeal or enthusiasm for life.
- Live with courage and confidence to face life situations.
- Develop an attitude of responsibility.
- Open minded thinking and less selfishness.
Asanas which help develop an equilibrium in the mental state are helpful in overcoming frustration. The meditative pose Asanas followed with Pranayama are highly beneficial.
Pranayama: Once should practice rhythmic breathing and Nadi Sodhana. Shitali is also beneficial.
Yoga Asanas: The various Yoga Asanas and yoga animal poses one should practice in order to overcome a state of frustration are as below
Baddha Konasana: This is a Yoga mudra performed with the feet touching each other.
Halasana: The Plough posture.
Sarvangasana: The shoulder stand.
Savasana: The relaxation posture.
Please consult with a professional yoga instructor before attempting to perform any of these yoga techniques to overcome nervousness and frustration.