3 Simple Stress Relieving Yoga Poses
We all get a little stressed from time to time, with the fast paced living that modern day life presents us with, but if you ever have one of those days where you feel like everything is just getting the better of you, it can be hard to know what to do with yourself.
Yoga is a terrific way to de-stress, relax and un-wind whilst keeping you fit, toned and limber all at the same time! Many of you may not feel as though you have the time in your busy schedule to become regular yogis, but throwing in a few simple yoga exercises to you daily routine can make all the difference to your well-being and peace of mind. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry – we’ve got it covered! Give yourself half an hour a day to breathe deep, be in the moment and reduce stress – you’ll be amazed at how much yoga can do for you!
Here are 3 simple yoga poses, suitable for all experience levels and ages, to help get your mind and soul where you want it to be:
Downward Facing Dog
This is a nice, easy yoga pose to get you started that lots of you will already be familiar with. What you might not know though, is what this yoga position will actually do for you. Downward Facing Dog is a pose used in most yoga sessions as a great starting point, as it gives a wonderful stretch right down the back of your legs whilst oxygenating your blood, leaving you feeling energized and refreshed. Here’s how to do it:
From a kneeling position on all fours, keep your hands flat on the floor and lift your buttocks up, planting your feet flat and keeping your legs as straight as possible.
Come up onto your toes, straighten your legs, lift your buttocks, and angle your torso downward.
Keep you arms and legs as straight as possible and lengthen your back as much as you can without causing yourself any pain.
Think about moving the front of your thighs toward the back of your thighs and push back into it, keeping your head down without straining your neck
Hold for 30 to 45 seconds.
Head To Knee Pose
You may not realise it, but many people hold a lot of emotion and stress within their hips, and you might too! Melt away that uncomfortable tension with this limb-lengthening pose:
From a kneeling position, sit back on your bottom and bring both of your legs straight out in front of you.
Bend your right knee and pull your foot towards yourself, placing the sole of your foot against your inner thigh. Pull your heel as close to your body as you can.
Take a deep breath in and sit up tall; exhale as you fold your torso over your straightened left leg.
Rest your hands flat and relaxed on the floor on either side of your left leg. Alternatively you place them on your shin, or for an extra stretch, wrap your hands around your left foot.
Hole the pose for 10 deep breaths, sit up, and repeat on the other side.
Childs Pose is incredibly soothing and very, very simple to do. It’s also a great starting place for many other yoga poses! This yoga pose is perfect for calming a stressed out mind and easing stress and anxiety, whilst gently stretching the back and promoting a healthy nervous and lymphatic system.
Once again, start from a kneeling position and slowly drop your buttocks down and reach out forward with your arms stretched straight, but not locked.
Rest your arms out in front of you on the floor and allow your body to drop down so that your stomach is resting on top of your thighs.
Rest your forehead on your mat and breathe deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth, for as long as you need.