Broken heart: 5 yoga postures to regain self-confidence

The end of a love story could hurt like withdrawal, according to Dr. Guy Winch, psychologist and specialist in heartbreak. In an article published in the newspaper Psychology Todayhe explains that some people may feel physical pain equivalent to what some drug addicts may experience in withdrawal. “These powerful withdrawal symptoms impair our ability to think and function normally.

As a result, for several weeks, people in Broken Heart could have great difficulty concentrating and therefore managing their daily lives (work, social relations, etc.).

If you are in this situation, Medisite offers you to test five useful yoga positions to regain your confidence and move on. To discover in pictures following this article.

Breaking up: what happens in the brain?

Mental image of the ex-partner, memory of a good time, excerpt from a conversation… “When our heart is brokenour brain generates intrusive thoughts of our ex that invade our thoughts without warning”, explains the psychologist. Problem: whenever such a thought arises, it reopens the wound and reactivates the emotional pain. Worse, these thoughts can come up multiple times throughout the day, or even within the same hour.

“MRI studies have shown that the heartache activate the same mechanisms in the brain that kick in when addicts withdraw from substances like cocaine and opioids“, says the doctor. Consequently, the psychologist advises to think about sorrow differently, taking into account these mechanisms, and to have more indulgence with oneself.

Broken heart: 5 yoga postures to regain self-confidence

Practice : Standing up straight with your feet together, place your arms on either side of your body, palms facing forward. Stay in this position still, concentrating on your slow, steady breathing. If necessary, you can close your eyes.

Benefits: Like the mountain that rises with strength and power, the torments will no longer be able to shake you.

Broken heart: 5 yoga postures to regain self-confidence

Practice : Standing, take a big step forward with your left foot, taking the time to firmly anchor yourself in the ground and feel the contact of your feet with the ground. The 2 legs must be stretched but the knees must remain fully unlocked. With an inhale, pull the stockings up by bending the front knee. Then on the exhale, return to the original position. Keep your eyes open and focused on a fixed point.

Benefits: It is a posture that helps to managing anger and regain the strength to fight your strong and negative emotions.

Broken heart: 5 yoga postures to regain self-confidence

Practice : This position requires a good flexibility of the hips or an adaptation if necessary using a yoga block or a cushion (15 to 20 cm) to be placed under the buttocks.

Spread your knees hip-width apart, keeping your thighs parallel to each other. Try to spread your calves slightly more than your hips, leaving them flat on the floor. Lean forward, pushing your calf muscles outward with your hands. Take a deep breath and sit between your feet (or on the cushion) on the exhale. You must then stay in the position, concentrating on breathing, with your back straight and your upper body relaxed (shoulders well relaxed).

Benefits: This posture can be kept for a long time to meditate. It will help you regain the will to move on and move on.

Broken heart: 5 yoga postures to regain self-confidence

Practice : Standing with your feet together and your arms alongside your body, self-elevate yourself by staring at a distant point in front of you. Shift your weight onto one foot and raise the opposite leg to the calf, the inside of the knee, or the root of the thigh. Clasp your hands in front of your chest or raise them above your head, keeping the muscles of your abdomen and buttocks well contracted. Hold in the position for several breaths and then repeat the same steps with the other leg.

Benefits: By drawing the strength you need into the Earth, this position helps you reconnect with yourself and live in the present moment with more serenity.

Broken heart: 5 yoga postures to regain self-confidence

Practice : Stand with your legs slightly apart, arms at your sides and palms facing forward. As you inhale, raise your arms above your head and place your palms together. Exhale by bending your knees in order to approach your buttocks towards the ground while keeping your back straight. Make sure your knees don’t go over your toes. Hold in this position for several breaths looking at a fixed point far ahead.

Benefits: It is a powerful posture that helps to resume self-confidence.


3 Surprising Ways Heartbreak Impacts Your Brain, Psychology Today, Posted January 7, 2018

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