Mood-Improving Yoga

9 Yoga Poses That Make You Happy

These 9 yoga moves work wonders on your body and mind

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9 Yoga Poses That Make You Happy // Yoga Poses That Improve Your mood c Beth Bischoff

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10 Yoga Poses To Make You Happy

If only life could be all rainbows and unicorns—we'd chase the shadows and demons away with pixie dust and optimism! The unfortunate truth is that life isn't always so bright and cheerful. It gets complicated, confusing, and at times even overwhelming. Basically, there's a strong chance that you'll struggle with some kind of depression or emotional issue at some point in your life.

A 2010 BioPsychoSocial Medicine article revealed that long-term yoga practice can significantly reduce fear, anger and fatigue. Researchers administered the Profile of Mood States (POMS) questionnaire to two groups of healthy women-one group of women who had more than two years of yoga experience and one group of women who had never practiced yoga. The long-term yoga practitioners had, on average, lower mental disturbance, tension-anxiety, anger-hostility, and fatigue scores than the control group.

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Whether you're down in the dumps after being dumped, need motivation to get out of bed and get through the day, or just feel out of sorts emotionally, yoga can help you get back on your feet. Read on for 10 poses that help you beat the blues on the mat. (Then, put the moves together for the ultimate yoga workout guaranteed to boost your mood.)

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