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This 15-Minute Yoga Flow Is All You Need to Break a Bad Mood

By Victoria Moorhouse for Popsugar.

When I’m in a really foul mood, my first inclination is to call my mom and whine for a solid 15 minutes. Sure, sometimes it’s nice to vent, but more often than not, continuous complaining just digs me into a deeper hole of misery and stress.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of positivity lately, which led me to start researching other, more productive ways for breaking a bad mood, like unrolling my yoga mat and flowing through the frustration.

“If you’ve ever taken a yoga class when you’ve been stressed or down, you’ve probably felt firsthand just how helpful a yoga practice can be to shift your mood,” Tiffany Cruikshank, L.Ac, a yoga instructor, and founder of Yoga Medicine, tells me.

I was reminded of yoga’s mood-boosting benefits one Saturday morning when my grumpiness and my anxiety completely took over. I left without a tension headache and in a much better mindset, but I didn’t understand why yoga had this effect on me.

“There are so many elements of a yoga practice that support this shift, like the present moment awareness that allows our nervous system to focus on just one thing, and the breath as a medium to shift the stress response through its influence on the sympathetic nervous system,” she explains.

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