5 yoga poses to reduce stress & anxiety
Let’s face it, we all can feel stressed out and overwhelmed from time to time. Whether it’s from work, relationships, or jut the overall stresses of daily life, it can start to add up and leave us feeling drained. When this happens it’s time to hit the reset button. One of the best ways to counter those feelings is through yoga. Yoga helps us to find balance, slow down and regain inner peace. Today we’ll be sharing with you 5 beneficial poses that will help to ease feelings of tension, stress and anxiety. They are simple, easy and perfect for beginners, or those who have never tried yoga before:
Cat/Cow Pose are both excellent poses to reduce stress and open up the spine. To begin, start with Cow Pose and inhale as you drop your belly towards the floor. Lift your chin and chest, and look toward the ceiling. Hold for 30 seconds. Next, move onto Cat Pose. Simply get on your hands and knees. Take a deep breath in and exhale as you round out your back towards the ceiling. It will relax your back and reduce stress and tensions in the muscles.
1. Child’s Pose: Balasana
Most would agree that Child’s Pose is one of the most restful and rejuvenating poses out there. It helps to stretch out the neck, back, torso, hips, thighs and ankles. All you need to do is sit on your knees and bend your body and arms forward by your side. Rest your forehead on the ground. As you settle in, stretch deeper into the pose and feel the tension start to melt away.
2. Easy Sitting Pose: Sukhasanan
Calm yourself and regain your inner peace by sitting in the meditative Sitting Pose. Close your eyes, sit with your legs folded and take deep breaths. You can keep your arms down, or lift them up, it all depends on what you feel comfortable with. Hold this pose for at least a minute.
3. Cobra Pose: Bhujangasana
For instant stress relief we suggest the Cobra Pose. To begin, lie down on your stomach and place your hands under shoulder and inhale while lifting your chest off the floor. This pose opens up your chest and your breathing should become easier. Ease into it and take your time. Allow your body to settle into the pose naturally.
4. Seated Forward Bend: Paschimottanasana
This pose promotes peace, tranquility and serenity. It’s simple, yet deeply effective. Simple sit down with your legs stretch out in front of you and reach for your feet as far as you can. This really helps to stretch out the spine, back and knees. Be gentle and do this pose slowly.
5. Standing Forward Bend: Uttanasana
Finish your stretching session with the standing forward bend pose. It’s a great way to cool off and unwind. It will release tension in your back and neck muscles, as well and stretch out your spine. Take deep breaths and try to stretch as far as your body will allow.
There you have it! Try these 5 simple yoga poses the next time you’re feeling stressed or anxious. Yoga is a wonderful way to re-balance and find your inner peace.