Lives are often stressful, and relaxing yoga poses can help you to loosen up and feel rejuvenated. To succeed in doing relaxing yoga poses, try doing them in a warm room temperature with no distraction. Dim the lights, concentrate, breathe deeply and enjoy the feel of pressure coming out of your system.

Yoga is popular for its capacity to treat and bring peace of mind. Breathing is one important thing in yoga to be cautious about. It applies to every single move or pose you do while exercising. Stretching and toning while slowing down your breath is a good thing to do while incorporating other yogic meditation techniques. The rate of breath serves as the mirror of your mind’s quality, connecting your mental, emotional and psychological states and depths of your breath.

Here are the 10 Ways to relax using yoga:

1.) Get the stress out: It is to unleash any tension held from the day. Stand with your feet one leg distant apart. Toes in slightly, legs active and knees bent. Make a fist with your hands, as you inhale raise your arms up over your head reaching high and as you swing your arms down through your legs, make a large sound on your exhale. It’s a deep release. Repeat a few times.

2.) Release and shake it away: Sit in a crossed legged, easy posture; use a cushion and the wall if that’s more comfortable. This provides a firm and stable base for the body as well as keeping your energy centered. Raise your arms up over your head. Keep your spine long and upright. Start shaking your arms, head and shoulders – kindly and fairly steadily – to release the energy from your day. Try this for 10 full breaths or more.

3.) Knee hug: Lay onto your back, bend both knees into your belly. Wrap your arms around your legs and tuck your chin into your throat (keep your head on the floor if your neck is sore). Close your eyes and give yourself a squeeze of gratitude, keep a long natural breath for a minute or longer.

4.) Calming forward bend: Stand with your feet hip distant apart. Hands on your hips, lean forward and bend your knees. Hang off your hips, letting your neck, face and eyes be soft.

5.) Legs up the wall: Sit to the side of the wall and put your legs up so that you are against the wall. You can keep your knees bent if that’s more comfortable, and let your legs roll out slightly. Place your hands down by your side, on your belly or across your chest to connect with your heart.

6.) Simple Twist-Twist: It stretches and strengthens the back muscles and spine. Sit on the floor in a cross-legged position keeping the spine straight. Slowly rotate your torso to the right and place the right hand on the floor behind the right hip. Grasp the right knee with the left hand and look over the right shoulder. Hold the pose for 10 seconds. Repeat the twist to the left.

7.) Meditation Posture-Half Lotus: This stretches hips, knees and ankles, improves posture. Sit cross-legged, right leg in front of the left, keeping the spine straight. Do not force this position, or it may injure the knees. Gently grasp the right foot with both hands and slowly bring it high up on the left thigh. Extend arms out to sides of knees, touching index finger to thumb, palms facing up. Breathe deeply and hold the pose for 10 seconds. Repeat with the left foot.

8.) Sphinx-Backward Bending Posture: Back and abdominal stretch. Lie on your abdomen with legs hip distance apart. Bend down elbows and place beneath your shoulders, arms straight forward. Keep the shoulders down from your ears while tightening the buttocks. Hold the pose for 5 seconds.

9.) Triangle-Standing Position: This pose stretches and strengthens the legs and lower back. Stand with your legs three feet apart, your right foot pointing towards the right, your arms extended out to your sides. Reach out with your right arm extending your torso until  your right hand reaches your right leg. Grasp your right leg as far down as you can (between the knee and ankle) while extending your left arm upward. Turn your head to look up at your left hand. Hold this pose for 30 seconds. Come up slowly and repeat on the opposite side.

10.) Relax: Flatten your back with your arms and legs apart and eyes closed. Roll your shoulders away from your ears, head to the centre. Toes are falling out to the sides, legs straight and relaxed with palms facing upward. Let every breath deepen as your mind rests on the rhythm of your breathing. Lay in sarvasana for 5-10 minutes before rolling out to the right hand side and coming back up to a cross legged sit

Follow these simple ways to relax your body and mind; you are on the best way in finding relief from tension and anxiety. You will be able to cope better with your everyday problems and be emotionally stronger. The more you spend time doing these tips, the more likely you are to act with patience and understanding. Generally, the most effective way to overcome stress is to simply change the way you deal with them. The result is an overall feeling of relaxation. Slowly, you will begin to forget about the stressors in your life, as you immerse yourself in positive thoughts. When you practice yoga routinely, you will begin to see its long-term benefits and how it takes the tension out of life. Whatever you do, remember that stress can be overcome with yoga. Dealing with stress can be difficult, but using yoga to alleviate that stress is easy!

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