Setbacks, delays, do-overs, mistakes – they happen to the best of us and they can happen at any time. And if you feel like your life is one long traffic jam right now, chances are, you’re feeling frustrated and impatient. No thanks, right? If that’s the case, consider trying these five yoga poses. They can help you find balance, calm and perspective. Let’s get your Om on.
Setbacks are an inventible part of life. But according to yoga teacher, Chrissy Carter, external setbacks aren’t the only thing getting in the way. She believes that we all have our own internal roadblocks. As she puts it, we have “mental and emotional grooves, or habits” that “influence how we respond in certain situations.”
And let’s face it, most of us don’t react to setbacks with a smiling Buddha’s aplomb. Instead, we get angry, frustrated, impatient, disappointed and the whole nine yards.
However, Carter has a compassionate and kind way to overcome your own roadblocks, so that you can deal with the external setbacks with greater ease. These five yoga poses can help.
Tree Pose, or Vrksasana
Carter’s tip: “Practice cultivating an attitude of ease and equanimity with whatever arises in the moment.”
Extended Triangle Pose, or Utthita Trikonasana
If this pose is too difficult, feel free to use a yoga block for support.
Half Moon Pose, or Ardha Chandrasana
Carter’s tip: “When you’re finished, notice if you rushed through the transition or collapsed into comfort of what’s familiar rather than exploring the unknown.”
Warrior Pose I, or Virabhadrasana I
Remember to breathe and relax your face as you hold this balancing pose.
Warrior Pose III, or Virabhadrasana III
Carter’s tip: These poses will not only challenge your balance, but they’ll also help you build strength and feel energized.