Yoga For Stress Relief

Yoga is a stress relieving practice all on its own. The goal of yoga is to clear and stretch both the mind and body. However, not all yoga poses are equal. Some yoga poses are specifically designed to promote relaxation, tension relief, and restfulness. Here are some of the best yoga poses to help battle stress.

Child’s Pose (Balasana) is used during yoga as a resting posture to calm the mind and ease anxiety while gently stretching out the back of the body. Check out the video demonstration of this pose.

  1. To get into this relaxing pose, first begin on your hands and knees.
  2. Spread the knees wide while keeping the big toes touching.
  3. Rest your buttocks on your heels.
  4. Exhale as you bow your body forward, draping your torso between your thighs.
  5. Your arms can be extended out in front with the palms facing down or they can be tucked behind with the palms facing up.
  6. The forehead should rest on the mat.
  7. To release from this pose, gently use your hands to walk the torso upright until you are sitting back on your heels.

Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) is often used as a transition pose during practice. This pose helps to stretch the hamstrings, thighs, and hips.

  1. To get into this pose, first begin at the front of your mat in Tadasana.
  2. Exhale and bend forward from the hip joints.
  3. Bring the finger tips or palms to the floor slightly in front of you.
  4. To achieve a deeper stretch, cross your forearms and hold onto opposite elbows.
  5. This will help release the back of the body even further.
  6. With each inhalation lift and lengthen the front of the torso slightly; with each exhalation fold more into the bend.
  7. Move the head from side to side and up and down to help stretch out the neck.
  8. To release from this pose, put a slight bend into the knees.
  9. While you exhale, bring your hands to the tops of the knees then inhale to press the body all the way up to standing.
  10. Inhaling to stand up helps to combat dizziness or nausea from being upside down.

Legs-Up-The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani) stretches the back of the legs, relieves fatigue, and helps combat cramping in the lower body. This pose is so simple and easy to get into that it is the perfect pose to combat stress. Take a look at this video for more info.

  1. To get into this pose, place your buttocks against the wall and bring your legs straight up so that they are flat against the wall.
  2. A towel or blanket can be placed under the back of the body for a little extra support.
  3. Once the legs are up the wall, simply bring the arms out to the side with the palms up and breath.
  4. This pose gives the body a boost in circulation that can be very refreshing after a long day.
  5. To release from this pose, bring the knees to a bend and slightly push away from the wall.
  6. After you have some room, simply roll to one side to press yourself up to a seated position.

These three simple poses are just a few that can added to any daily yoga routine to help relieve stress. Thanks for reading!

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