Manage Your Stress With These Five Yoga Poses

Stress can be a hard thing to tackle, especially when you have a million things on your plate. However, it doesn’t have to take over your day to day life and we’re here to share with you some great ways to make sure it doesn’t. So, here are five great yoga poses to relieve those toxins from your body:

1. Tadasana (Mountain Pose):

Mountain pose is essential when relieving stress as it helps to improve your concentration levels by increasing your focus level.

How to do this pose:

  • Stand straight with your feet flat on the mat with the heels slightly spaced out and big toes touching each other. Keep your spine straight while hands straight on either side, with palms facing the thighs.
  • Slowly stretch your hands and bring your palms together.
  • Inhale deeply and stretch your spine while taking the folded hands up above your head. Stretch as much as possible.
  • Slowly lift your ankle and stand on your toes, with eyes facing the ceiling.
  • Hold the position for a minimum of 30 seconds, while breathing normally.
  • Slowly relax your body and bring your feet back to the floor.

2. Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Downward facing dog is a must-do pose when trying to relieve stress- it is known for energizing the body, offers relief from indigestion problems, and relaxes the body.

How to do this pose:

  • Stand straight with your feet flat on the mat. Keep your spine straight while hands straight on either side, with palms facing the thighs.
  • While breathing normally, bend forward, and place the palms in front of you on the mat. The head should face down.
  • Slowly stretch your legs backwards, one at a time, while maintaining the balance, in such a way that the feet and hands are in line with each other.
  • Make sure that the elbows are straight and fingers are spread out.
  • Inhale deeply and tuck in your stomach completely.
  • Hold the position, while breathing normally, with tummy tucked in for about 30 seconds to 60 seconds.
  • Exhaling slowly, come back to the standing pose.

3. Balasana (Child’s Pose):

Child's pose can be one of the most relaxing poses in yoga. You can keep your hands out like the picture above, or tuck them in at your sides. The curling up in a fetal position is the ultimate relaxation.

How to do this pose:

  • Sit on your knees with your palms facing the floor on either side of the body.
  • As you inhale, bring your whole body forward in such a way that only the forehead touches the floor.
  • Stay in the position for a minimum of 30 seconds, while breathing normally. The longer you stay, the more relaxed you will feel.
  • Slowly lift your forehead and stretch your body back to Vajrasana (Diamond pose).

4. Padmasana (Lotus Pose):

This is a very common pose that is used in meditation, and to start yoga classes. It is a great way to increase self-awareness levels, and helps soothe the mind.

How to do this pose:

  • Sit cross legged. The left feet should be on right thigh and vice versa, while the soles face up.
  • Keep the spine erect.
  • Keep the hand in Gyan mudra.
  • Close your eyes and while inhaling and exhaling deeply, maintain the pose for a minimum of 30 seconds.

5. Savasana (Corpse Pose):

If you don’t have time for anything else, corpse pose is a great way to truly relax. I mean look at her? Doesn’t she look calm, cool, and collected in this pose? Corpse pose brings your breathing to normal levels, in turn bringing down your stress levels.

How to do this pose:

  • Lie down in supine position.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Slump your body in such a way that it looks lifeless.
  • Let go of everything and experience the serenity as your body weight shifts away from you completely.
  • Maintain the position until you feel light and relaxed.
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