As life gets busy, stress can build, taking a toll on your health in many ways. Fortunately, there are ways to cope. Read on for some simple yoga poses to help you reduce your stress level and find balance.
Regardless of what you do for a living, stress is probably a factor in your life. Between impending deadlines, Portland traffic, flu season, and other factors, stress builds over time, cultivating energy. As it gets stronger, we can get weaker, which is why daily stress reduction is essential to being sure we’re not pushed over the edge.
We can feel stress in a variety of ways. For some, they feel it in their neck, some in their back, some in their joints. Some people feel tired or foggy. Yoga gives us the gift of slowing down and listening to our body.
Here are 5 easy poses to help you reduce the stress built up in your body.
Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
Relieve anxiety and fatigue, and feel refreshed.
- The Pose – From standing (mountain pose), tuck your chin to your chest and hinge at the hips, folding your torso forward towards your thighs. Keep a slight (or large) bend in your knees. Allow yourself to hang.
- For a deeper pose – While hanging, grab hold of the opposite elbows. Shake your head no. Shake your head yes.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
The perfect pose to hide away, stretch out, and restore.
- The pose – From hands and knees (tabletop). Sit back, sinking your bottom toward your heels. Allow your torso to rest over your thighs. Stretch your arms out in front of you, palms on the ground. Rest your forehead on the floor, on a pillow or block.
- For a deeper pose – Open your knees, allowing your torso to melt between your thighs.
Reclined Butterfly (Supta Baddha Konasana)
The pose to release it all.
- The pose – Lie on your back. Bring the soles of your feet together, allowing your knees to fall out to either side, making a diamond with your legs. Let your arms fall to each side, palms to the sky.
- For a deeper pose – Bring your heels closer to your body.
Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani)
Intensely relaxing for your entire body.
- The pose – Sit on the floor, next to a wall, hips perpendicular to the wall. Lay down on your side. Gently swing your legs up on the wall, as your back finds its resting place on the floor. Be sure your bottom is as close to the wall as possible.
- For a deeper pose – Place one hand on your heart, one on your stomach. Feel your stomach rise with each deep breath. Feel your heart beat calming.
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
A pose could not get more relaxing than this.
- The pose – Lay on your back. Legs straight, but not touching. Allow your feet to fall to the sides. Arms lay beside you, palms towards the sky. Slightly tuck your chin to keep your neck long. Relax everything – your legs, your arms, your shoulders, your face, even your tongue. Most importantly, relax your mind. This is not a time to think about work, your to-do list, what’s for dinner, or even your family. These few minutes are for you.
- For a deeper pose – Allow yourself to fall asleep.
When you begin to feel your stress level rising or becoming overwhelming, take a some time for yourself to stretch, relax, and breathe.
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