Top 5 Simple Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

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By: Ana Margarita Olar | Vigorbuddy.com

Doing your job the entire week can leave you feeling stressed, burned out, and exhausted. And being constantly stressed can manifest physically and emotionally as well.

Ditch shopping and stress eating and try this yoga poses for a quick stress relief:

COBRA POSE

Start by lying on the floor flat on your stomach. Place your hands under your shoulder and slowly push upward. Keep your pelvis pinned on the floor. Stretch your back as far as you can. Hold this pose for 10 seconds. This pose provides stress relief by relaxing and strengthening the muscles along the spine.

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MOUNTAIN POSE

Stand up straight. Keep your feet firm on the floor. Keep your pelvis on a neutral pose. Bring your shoulders back and down. Keep your hands dangling on your sides. Or if you want, you can position your hands to your heart. Close your eyes and remain in this position for 5 to 10 breaths.

FORWARD FOLD

Start by standing straight then bend forward at your hips. Keep your knees and back straight. Depending on your flexibility, try to reach for your knees, below your knees, or your toes. Allow your head to hang down toward the floor and have a relaxed breath. Stay in this position for 10 seconds.

This pose involves a partial inversion. It provides stress relief by reversing the blood flow. It releases the tension in the lower back, hamstrings, and spine.

EXTENDED PIGEON

Start by sitting on the floor. Bend one knee in front of you. Extend your other leg behind you. Little by little, lengthen your lower back. Use your core to lengthen your spine toward the ceiling.

Hold this position for 10 seconds. Repeat this pose with the other leg. This yoga pose is great for people who sit for a long period of time. It provides stress relief by opening front and back hip. It also strengthens your core and lower back.

FOLDED PIGEON 

Start in the same position as the extended pigeon. In a slow motion, lengthen from the lower back and place your fore arms on the floor in front of you. Depending on your flexibility and range, you can try to come all the way and make a pillow with your hands. Stay in this pose for 10 seconds.

Repeat on the other side. This pose is a deeper but more relaxing variant of an extended pigeon. This pose provides stress relief by releasing the burden on the hips. It also increases the range of motion and flexibility.

So what are you waiting for? Try out these yoga poses to achieve a quick relief from stress.

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