Anger is a deep-rooted problem faced by every human being on this planet. It is nothing but energy which is unable to flow in the right direction. This blocked, restricted, suppressed energy finds unnatural ways of venting itself and this creates violent and ugly situations in life. I consider it to be a disease as most of us live with tremendous frustration. Imagine your natural energy put into a pressure cooker. Someday it will explode. To avoid this, either keep releasing this energy little by little or don’t put it in a pressure cooker in the first place.
An angry man lives in a constant toxic state. Certain breathing techniques can be utilized to release this toxic, suppressed energy and bring a man back to a natural state of ease. Breath and emotions are totally connected to each other so with the use of breath, we can change the emotional state of our minds. The following techniques should be done with a lot of focus and understanding that anger can literally flow out of your system with every breath.
Caution: People suffering with acute high blood pressure and heart disease should not hold their breath in Sahaj Pranayam and can avoid Bhastrika Pranayam.
- Sit comfortably; on the ground with your legs crossed (or on a chair).
- Keep your eyes closed, back straight and palms resting on the knees.
- Focus on your breathing.
- Breathe in slowly.
- Hold your breath to a count of 5
- Exhale slowly.
- Repeat for 10 rounds.
- Keep your full attention on your breathing.
- Stand straight with your feet spread apart.
- Bend the knees, place palms on thighs, fingers facing in as shown.
- Exhale deeply through the mouth, hold your breath and move your abdominal muscles in and out rapidly as many times (10-50) as possible.
- Repeat three times.
- Sit comforatably, either on the ground (or on a chair) with your back straight.
- Bend arms at waist, elbows close to body, make fists.
- Raise both fists up, a bit higher than head, keep elbows close to body.
- Exhale forcefully through mouth (cheeks puffed out) as you pull the arms down, taking elbows behind waist as shown.
- Repeat 20 times, exhalation should be rapid, movements smooth not jerky.
- Inhale deeply and slowly
- Exhale slowly.
The practice of bandhas is the best way to affect your emotional state in an indirect but very powerful way. They help you to maintain a sense of balance and calm and prevent attacks of anger, anxiety and agitation.
- Sit comfortably on the ground (or on a chair) with your back straight.
- Place your hands on your knees.
- Inhale deeply. Keeping chest high, hold your breath and lock chin against chest.
- Hold for as long as comfortable.
- Release chin, look up and exhale.
- Repeat only 3 times.
- Sit in padmasana (lotus posture) or with legs crossed
- Exhale completely, pull up the genital space and close the anal space. Keep abdominal muscles tight.
- Relax the lock and inhale.
- Repeat 3 times only.
In today’s world everybody is on the edge, ready to fly off the handle at the drop of a hat. Hopefully these exercises will help find a calmer, more peaceful you
Total Yoga is a balanced style of Yoga that focuses on Fitness training and Mindfulness practice equally.