Article by Teena Hooda
Looking back in regret, for what you may have done in anger is a feeling many of us are familiar with. Reacting in anger can be one of the biggest mistakes one can make.
Anger is a response that arises when we experience any kind of physical, mental and emotional disagreement with ourselves or with others. Over the course of history, we social animals have learnt that anger is not the most enabling or productive way to deal with pain.
The main trigger point of anger can be identified biologically, at the release of adrenaline, an overflow of this and a hasty judgement of the situation puts the flight or fight response in motion, causing you to react poorly in the face of anger.
Anger is a strange ally. While one is acting in anger they feel that the environment complies with their wishes, the brain registers this as a lesson well taught and well learnt. However, in reality, the situation only worsens itself. This display of anger makes the person feel stronger which makes it easy to turn into a habit.
As the state of heightened arousal has all the organs geared up and going, this state can last for a prolonged period of time, wherein displacement is very common, (ie) When you are unable to express anger to the one subject to the fury, hence it is directed towards a weaker person who can be dominated. Work tension, stress and frustration that is often carried home is known to disrupt many households.
Why Yogic philosophy is one of the best ways to deal with anger, is simply explained by Stephen Cope, psychotherapist and yoga teacher, “asanas allow you to move the energy”. By allowing it to move, you gain a better understanding of this state.
"Yoga helps people stay with the wave of anger all the way to the other end.” Clarity and reason are bystanders to this journey.
Having gained clarity over a particular emotion is only step 1. What happens after the initial awareness? Yogic philosophy teaches us to pay due respect to each happening and consequently every emotion.
The person or the incident which was the source of stress and consequently anger is no longer a stressor. A mind which is deprived of experience to process information will respond in its true nature achieved during states of yoga and meditation. Relaxing your muscles also relaxes your body, mind and that seemingly tight grip you hold over expectations, insecurities or an ego.
Yoga releases pleasurable hormones which continually reminds your body to ‘relax and enjoy this day’. Here are a few asanas that help you control yourself from turning red!
Balasana: The child’s pose, relaxes muscles and nerves throughout the body, causing you to feel a childlike calm and pleasure in a novel fashion.
Sarvangasana: The shoulder stand, rushes freshly oxygenated blood to your brain. Inversions help you look at the world from a new perspective. You can seldom remain angry, whilst upside down.
Pranayama: When taking deep breaths just doesn't cut it, pranayama does. The cooling breath helps resolve the state of Anger and brings new energy.
Simhasana: The Roaring lion pose releases heat and frustration from the body, bringing anger to combat.
Advasana: The reverse savasana, brings down all simulation in the body and helps truly bring stillness to the mind.
Yoga asanas are specifically designed to calm and relax the body, with the right flow, where is the time and space to stay angry now?