Since stress is pretty much a certainty in life, we have to find ways to deal with it healthily in order to stay sane. While there are many ways to handle stress, one of the easiest and most effective is yoga. The best part is that you don’t even have to do a whole yoga routine to find stress relief. These five yoga positions can be done safely and easily and should knock stress right out of your day.
Reclined Spinal Twist
Twists move the body in an asymmetrical position. They provide balance both on the external body and in the nervous system. To do the reclined spinal twist, lie on your back, legs outstretched, arms at your sides. Bend your knees toward your chest keeping your shoulders on the floor and pulling your arms out in a “T” shape. Now let your knees fall to one side. Rest there with your head turned away from the direction of your knees, breathing deeply before switching to the other side.
Standing Forward Bend
When you bend forward in the standing forward bend, your exhalations deepen, which is a way to quickly relieve stress. Begin standing up straight with your hands at your sides. As you bend forward, lower your palms to the floor, bending your knees if necessary. Alternatively, placing your arms behind your back with interlaced fingers during this move also helps to get rid of tension in the shoulders. As you bend forward, lift your arms away from your back, stretching.
Your whole body relaxes naturally in child’s pose. Begin by sitting on your knees upright. Now widen the distance between your knees to around shoulder-distance apart, with your hips falling back toward your heels. Bend forward so your forehead is on the floor, your forearms are resting on the floor as well. It helps to visualize you are sinking into the floor, letting all tension in your body go, for ultimate stress relief.
Reclined Goddess Pose
Reclined goddess pose begins by lying on your back. Slowly bring the bottoms of your feet together while your knees fall on either side of you. Your arms should either be out beside you with palms facing up or resting on your belly. Breathe in and out deeply. This open bodily position provides the sensation of letting go of everything stressful inside of you.
Legs Up The Wall
Lie on your back with your arms stretched out on either side of you, your palms facing up, and your legs straight up the wall. the wall should be holding the weight of your legs through your thighs. This is an excellent position for anxiety and stress relief because it has the power to relax your nervous system and allow your entire body to relax.