Yoga Poses to Heal Your Whole Body June 20, 2017 14:17

From your mental to physical health, yoga can be one of the ultimate healers.

It can help heal your mind, physical injuries, and improve strength throughout your body, so it's no surprise that yoga is one of the most powerful forms of exercise and mindfulness. 

To better your whole body, try out these 15 healing yoga poses from Quentin Vennie's upcoming memoir, Strong in the Broken Places:

forward fold

Forward fold

Forward fold is one of my favorite poses for anxiety. It relieves tension in the neck, spine, and back, and is known to calm the brain to help reduce stress and anxiety.  I tend to be very stiff when I get up, so I generally do this pose every morning to wake my body and mind. The forward fold also provides the same benefits as inversions, which improve blood circulation, help you maintain good posture, and relieve spinal pain. 

downward facing dog

Downward facing dog

Also known as down dog, this is one of the most famous poses in yoga. It is often used as a restful pose, but I use it to help with brain fog. This pose increases the blood flow to the brain, aiding in cognitive function, combating anxiety, and improving mood. Because it is an inversion, it also helps blood and lymph fluid flow in an opposite direction, taking pressure off the heart.

warrior II

Warrior II
Warrior II is not only a very popular pose, it's also great for improving blood circulation and respiration. This pose also tones and strengthens the shoulders, legs, and ankles. And holding it for a while challenges you to overcome discomfort in a similar way to chair pose. In addition to stimulating the abdominal organs and helping to relieve back pain, it makes you feel very powerful while doing it.
legs up wall
Legs up the wall

Legs up the wall is my absolute favorite pose, next to corpse. This pose is commonly found in restorative classes and is great for relieving lower back discomfort and easing stress and anxiety. I also use it to help with insomnia, which occurs as a result of my anxiety worsening at night. When practicing this pose, I close my eyes and allow my mind to settle. It's a great pose to practice simple breathing exercises and meditation.