7 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

Life is stressful. The anxiety we feel each day is a result of small moments, like rushing from meeting to meeting or sitting in traffic, to bigger life stressors like moving to a new city, being laid off or a challenging personal relationship.

Relieving some of this daily stress doesn’t require a lot of time or money. Creating space in our day to slow down, move our bodies and breathe is one of the best ways to practice self-care and limit the effects of daily stress.

But how do you relax your mind and body? The answer is yoga. Practicing a few yoga poses for five to 10 minutes each day is the first step toward reducing stress.

These six yoga poses are some of the more recognizable and relaxing postures in the practice. They are accessible to anyone, easy to perform and require little effort. As you enter each pose, allow your body to relax and settle in as you breathe in and out through your nose. This is your time, so find a quiet spot, put on some relaxing music and turn down the lights.

 

1. Corpse Pose

 

 

2. Child Pose

 

3. Extended Puppy Pose

 

4. Happy Baby Pose

 

5. Seated forward Fold

 

6. Crossed Leg Seated Forward Fold

 

7. Legs Up The Wall

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