For nearly every challenging moment in life, there’s a yoga pose to help you feel better," says celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber, Jennifer Aniston's go-to yogi. Try her mat cures, and get back to being yourself again.
1. The Best Yoga Pose When You're Stressed: Tree Pose
Why it works: "Balance yoga postures like this one require your complete focus, and that takes your mind off whatever’s making you frazzled."
How to do it: Stand with right foot on the inside of left calf or thigh, knee pointing out. Place hands in prayer position in front of chest, palms together, and hold for 3 breaths. Slowly raise your arms overhead [shown] and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on opposite side.
2. The Best Yoga Pose When You're Angry: Twisting Lunge
Why it works: "When you're irritated, toxins build up in your liver; this yoga pose literally 'wrings' them out and massages your organs to help you calm down—I've felt it work!"
How to do it: Lunge forward with right leg until thigh is parallel to floor. Place left palm next to inside of right foot, and extend right arm up, rotating shoulders and right palm upward. Look up at hand [shown]. Hold for 5 breaths; repeat on opposite side.
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3. The Best Yoga Pose When You're Sad: Camel
Why it works: "This yoga pose helps open up your lungs so you can breathe deeply, which increases oxygen levels in your blood. That elevates your mood and makes you feel better."
How to do it: Kneel with legs shoulder-width apart, arch back, and reach hands behind you to grasp your heels. Push your hips forward so they're aligned with knees, and relax your head and neck [shown]. Hold 30 seconds, and remember to breathe deeply.
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4. The Best Yoga Pose When You're Tired: Shoulder Stand
Why it works: "From this yoga position you'll increase the blood flow to your brain, which will boost your energy."
How to do it: Lie face-up with arms at sides, palms on mat, and pull knees in toward chest. Press palms down as you raise hips and extend legs straight up, placing your hands on the small of your back to support you [shown]. Hold 30 seconds.