Poses to Relieve Stress from the Body

Poses to Release Stress From the Body

Did you know yoga helps the body to reduce stress?  Chances are, if you have ever taken a yoga class, you have experienced one or more of these stress reducing benefits that yoga provides:

  • Calms the mind
  • Relaxes the body
  • Stretches your muscles (releasing tension in them)
  • Builds self-awareness
  • Enables you to be present
  • Focuses attention on the breath
  • Releases emotional energy
  • Takes you mentally away from the stressful situation

But what are some simple yoga poses you can do at home to help relieve stress at the end of a long day or following a particularly stressful event?  Try these…

  1. Easy Seated pose with breathwork, like Alternate Nostril Breathing (Sukhasana)
  2. Cat/Cow (Marjaryasana/Bitilasana)
  3. Child’s pose (Balasana)
  4. Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)
  5. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
  6. Bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
  7. Plow pose (Halasana)
  8. Corpse pose (Savasana)

Do all of these poses as a mini flow or just pick one or two for some quick relief.  Either way you will find they are a great way to help you relax, unwind, and let go of some of that stress you’ve been holding on to.  Grant yourself the gift of time to take care of yourself in this simple, yet powerful way every day.  You, and those around you, will thank you. Namaste.  

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