7 Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress

We live in a world where stress and anxiety are increasingly common money, work, family responsibilities relationship issues and personal health issues. This can cause us to have trouble sleeping, fatigue irrability and anger.

Certain poses in yoga can cause us to have a physiological shift helping us to relieve this stress. Here are some you can try at home if you’re feeling a little stressed out. 

If you can light some candles with a lavender scent or add some lavender essential oils this will really help you relax and unwind. 

If you are short on time you can reduce the time and hold for 2 minutes although you will get the most benefit out of these asanas (postures) holding for longer and allowing the breath to deepen and soften. Adding music is optional.

Supta Baddha Konasana- Reclined bound angle pose

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10 minutes. Blocks under the knees or inner thighs. Prop the back of the head on a bolster or a pillow. 

 

Upavista Konasana – wide angle forward fold 

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5 minutes. Place a bolster or pillows under the chest and forehead to make it effortless. 

 

Balasana – Child pose 

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2 minutes. Keep the knees wide apart and the toes together. 

 

Setu Bandha – Bridge pose 

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5-10 minutes. Place a block under the sacrum if this feels better and less of an effort. 

 

Viparita Karina – Feet up the wall 

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10 minutes. 

 

Sometimes you may feel guilty or selfish taking time to yourself but it is so important to replenish your own energy. If you don’t take the time for yourself you won’t be able to show up fully for others. 

Relax…you deserve it! 

Namaste, 

Sophie .x.