If you have ever been stressed out – and chances are that if you’re human, you have been – you know well enough that stress has a knack for piling up.
The key is to keep moving forward and not let stress get the best of you. Allowing stress and tension to fester causes it to overtake your state of mind.
When we succumb to being overwhelmed, the to-do-lists can begin to seem infinite. This leaves little time for self-care. We can agree that a main goal in life is to be happy and productive, and de-stressing is a big part of that. Happily for us, yoga is here to help!
Your yoga practice can have an immensely positive impact on your stress levels and happiness overall, so it’s important to maintain a regular yoga routine, especially when the stress begins to build.
Here are 6 yoga poses to help you reduce stress now:
These two yoga poses together make a great spinal massage and your belly organs are acting as a powerful stress buster. When the two motions are paired together, they stimulate an emotional balance.
We do this pose a lot in our yoga practice, and for good reason! Down Dog helps awaken the senses. As an added bonus, it also reduces fatigue. It’s a great resting pose, and rejuvenates the body by improving overall blood circulation.
When in doubt, take a Child’s Pose. I have spent some practices hanging out and just breathing in Child’s Pose. This resting pose can be sequenced between challenging asanas, and is a simple yet effective way to calm mind and body whether you’re flowing on your mat or in the middle of a stressful day.
As we discussed in the previous pose, we store a lot of emotion, tension, and stress in our hips. Half Pigeon is a wonderful, deeper hip opener – but it can bring discomfort, so stay with it and breathe. Remind yourself to let go, surrender, and relax into the pose, which is a great reminder to apply in stressful situations and life in general.
Bridge calms the brain and helps alleviate stress, while stimulating abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid. The pose also acts as an effective therapy tool for high blood pressure.
This is often a transition between poses, but presents many benefits when practiced on its own. In order to de-stress, do the pose with slightly bent knees – make it gentle. After a few deep breaths, you’ll begin to feel tension release in the neck, shoulders, spine, and hamstrings. Shake your head yes and no a few times, and for even more release, interlace your hands behind your back and allow your arms to hang overhead.