|Signal Series by Yuri Zlotnikov
Although we tend to consider anger a “negative” emotion, it’s actually a healthy signal that alerts us to a potential threat. My friend Dr. Scott Lauzé, who is both a psychiatrist and practitioner of mindfulness meditation, says, “The way I think about it, anger is a normal response to certain situations, even a healthy one, and expressing that in a skillful way is normal and important.”
If you have more time, you can use your yoga practice to cool down from the heat of anger. Yoga stress management practices, such as supported inverted poses, restorative yoga, and guided relaxation, can dial down your fight, flight, or freeze response, which in turn can help you think more clearly. See Stress Management for When You’re Stressed for several ideas. However, if you’re feeling too worked up for quieter practices, Jarvis suggests starting with active yoga poses, especially those that get you out of your brain and into your body, such as Downward-Facing Dog pose, Standing Forward Bend, and even Handstand, if you do it. Then you can move on to one or more of your favorite stress management practices.