Yoga Poses Boost Mood

Yoga Poses Boost Mood

Got a case of the doldrums? Yoga can help you bust you out of those blues.

“Backbends improve mood by expanding and uplifting the energy and shifting the nervous system,” explains yoga expert Beth Shaw, founder and president of YogaFit. “Forward folds are relaxing and cooling. Hip stretches release emotions and stress from the body, and twists detoxify and tone the digestive system.”

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Just be sure to warm-up first. This Moon Flowers pose will get your heart rate going: Stand with your feet three to four feet apart and extend the arms to the sky. Bend your knees and bring the elbows towards the ribs with your fingers pointing towards the sky. Repeat 10 to 20 times.

Now you’re warmed up—and ready to go from glum to gleeful with these four yoga moves.

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Rachel Grumman Bender
Rachel Grumman Bender is an award-winning freelance health and beauty writer and editor. She writes regularly for The New York Times and has written for Women's Health, Yahoo Health, Everyday Health, the New York Post, Cosmopolitan, and many more publications. Rachel has held Health Editor positions at YouBeauty.com and Cosmopolitan magazine. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Boston University and her master’s degree in journalism at New York University. She lives in northern California with her husband and her twins.