yoga has many benefits such as creating a balance within oneself. There are yoga poses that help individuals who struggle with anxiety, flexibility, and stress. By turning one’s focus to their breathing, their body’s movement, and energy. These 6 yoga poses can help relieve anxiety and stress while increasing flexibility.
This pose helps to relieve tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. The child’s pose additionally helps to calm the nervous system with steady calm breathing. If you are finding your self-getting tense through the day try 5-10 minutes of deep breathing in the child’s pose.
How to do it:
Kneel on the floor and sit on your heels. Allow yourself to bend forward and relax into the stretch. You can either rest your chest on your thighs or you can spread your knees out to the sides, keeping your feet together, and lower your torso towards the ground. Your arms can either be stretched out in front of you or reaching back towards your feet.
If you are tight on your legs or back just breathe your body into the stretch. If you are having pain ease up on the pose or slowly work your body every day into the full stretch.
Corpse Pose is a great yoga pose that relaxes the body and mind. This pose is also a great time to meditate. It is amazing the amount of stress that releases from doing this pose 5 minutes every day.
How to do it:
Begin by lying flat on your back. You can modify this pose to bolster certain body parts to alleviate stress, such as a folded blanket under your head, or under your knees, etc. Put your arms and legs out at about a 45-degree angle, hands palms up and allow the feet to relax to the sides.
Gently roll your head from side to side to relax your spine, straightening your back to make sure it is properly aligned. Relax into the pose and focus on your breath.
Extended Puppy Pose
This pose is great for relieving tension, stress, and aches in your back. This pose is good for lengthening your spine.
How to do it:
Being on your hands and knees in a tabletop position with your knees under your hips and your hands under your shoulders. Keeping your legs as they are, slowly walk your hands forward, stretching out your spine until your chest is about an inch or so away from the floor.
You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
Breathe into your spine and lengthen out your back. To get out of it, simply walk your hands back towards a neutral tabletop position.
Half Lord of the Fishes
With all the twist with this pose, it helps calm the nervous system, increases spinal flexibility and quiets the mind.
How to do it:
Begin by sitting on the floor with both legs extended in front of you. Keeping your left leg straight, bend your right knee and pull your foot in towards you. Wrap your left arm around your bent knee and put your right hand on the floor behind you, creating a twist. Look out over your right shoulder but be careful not to twist too hard and further injure your back. Repeat on the opposite side.
The tree pose stretches the shoulders, torso, groin, and thighs. It helps to build strength in the ankles and calves as well as helps tone the abdominal muscles. This relaxing yoga poses can help you become more connected to yourself and energy.
How to do it:
Start by standing at the front of your mat with your feet together. Ground your balance into your left foot and slowly fold your right knee. Bring the sole of your right foot to either your calf or your inner thigh, depending on your ability. Avoid putting your foot on your knee as that can cause injury to your knee. Once you have your balance, bring your hands together in front of your heart in prayer position. To make this pose more challenging raise your hands above your head in prayer position.
“YOGA IS NOT ABOUT SELF-IMPROVEMENT, IT’S ABOUT SELF-ACCEPTANCE. -GURMUKH KAUR KHALSA “
Warrior 1 pose help to improve focus, balance, and flexibility. It encourages good circulation and respiration. As well as it helps to strengthen your shoulders, arms, legs, ankles, and back.
Hot to do it:
Begin by standing on your mat in mountain pose, feet together. Step your left leg back so that you are in a lunge with your right knee at a 90-degree angle. Stretch your arms above you and lift your chest up. Repeat on the other side.
If you have done this pose before than you understand how amazing cat-cow is. This poses os great for opening up your core and lengthening our your spine. IF you are feeling stressed try cat-cow for a few minutes! This pose will defiantly help to relax your body.
How to do it: Get onto your hand and knees. Make sure your wrists are below your shoulders and your knees below your hips. Take a deep breath in and arch your back, sucking your tummy inwards. Pause for a moment and then exhale. As you exhale slowly drop your tummy to the floor. And repeat!
Doing simple poses like these for 5 minutes a day can make such a big difference! Since today stress is higher than ever before, it is important to find healthy ways of relieving that stress.
Yoga is also a great way to help you become more centered and connect with yourself. When you are in tune with your body you are able to understand what your body needs. Some people use yoga as a way to detox their body.
Besides doing Yoga to relieve stress and anxiety it can also be great to help you get fit and more flexible. Those who practice Yoga regularly feel more connected to their body and benefit for all that Yoga is good for!
If you have a favorite Yoga pose I would love to hear it! Let me know in the comments below what your favorite Yoga pose is!