Stress-relieving Yoga Poses

Stress-relieving Yoga Poses - EatHealthyLiveFit.comYoga is known for its general stress-relieving properties. There are many Asanas (yoga poses) that focus on stress relief and help you feel better in an instant. Stress can be a big part of our lives, and unfortunately, it’s not good for our body and mind. These yoga poses will help you relax and unwind after a stressful day.

  1. Bridge. This pose is good for stress relief because it stretches the back and the thighs thus making room for reduced anxiety, migraines, fatigue, insomnia etc. To do it, lie on the yoga mat on your back, bring your feet to your butt and place your palms on both sides of the body. Slowly lift the lower part of your body first and continue with the back. When you reach a comfortable position (the bridge), breathe and go back to initial. Repeat 10 times.

  2. Savasana. This pose is practiced at every yoga class. It’s called the corpse pose because it helps your body stay in a calm state and relax. It’s accompanied with a breathing technique to help with additional relaxation. For savasana, you should lie on your back and breathe for at least 5 minutes.

  3. Child’s pose. This position can help you rest and relax. It stretches your back and releases tension and stress and it’s so easy to do. Just sit on your feet with knees bent, bring your body towards the floor and your hands stretched above your head and breathe. Remain in this pose for a few minutes.

  4. Puppy. The purpose of this pose is to release tension from the shoulders that are the part of the body with the most stiffness during stressful situations. To perform this pose, sit on the mat with your knees on the floor, lean your body forwards (towards the floor like in child’s pose) and keep your butt in the air. The lower part of your legs and feet should be parallel to the floor. Hold this pose for a few moments and breathe.

  5. Forward bending. This pose offers a lot of stretching and tension relief, especially in the hips and thighs. Stand straight on the mat, bend your knees a bit and bring your body towards your feet, ultimately touching the floor. Bring your head towards the knees as far as you can. Breathe and remain in this pose for a few moments. Slowly move upwards.

  6. The Eagle. This asana will help you relax and get rid of tension in the back, shoulders and legs. Maintain balance is key here, so be prepared. Stand straight on the mat and bend your knees a little. Bring one leg behind the other by twisting it around it. Twist one arm around the other – your palms should touch each other. Remain in this pose for a few moments, than slowly release.

  7. Triangle pose. With this pose, you’ll stretch your legs, back and arms. It helps relieve stress and relax the body. To do it, stand on your yoga mat with straight legs. With your right leg, take a step backwards and turn the foot outwards. Bend your body with the right arm reaching towards the ceiling and the left aimed towards the floor. Bend your body towards the floor to touch it and keep your eyes on the right palm stretched upwards. Hold for a few moments, then go back to initial position and repeat with other side.

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