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5 yoga poses that will help alleviate stress and anxiety

November 5, 2018
A woman in a yoga pose

Somehow stress and anxiety find ways to creep into our lives. Perhaps you have a big work presentation coming up, or maybe you're catching up with an old friend this weekend. Regardless of the cause, we have the remedy. We've created a great list of yoga poses that we encourage you to try the next time things get a little hectic in your life.  ~Namaste~

  1. Sukhasana (Easy Pose) — Easy Pose can help promote groundedness and calmness. To perform this pose: close your eyes, sit with your legs crossed, open your hips, lengthen your spine upright, extend your arms and rest your hands on your knees with your palms facing up as seen below. Focus on your breathing. Try practicing this pose for a minimum of 60 seconds.
  2. Marjaryasana (Cat Pose) — The Cat Pose provides benefits to your overall health by stimulating the digestive tract and spinal fluid, while also providing a gentle massage for your spine. To do this pose, you can place your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees below your hips. Arch your back and feel your anxiety subside.
  3. Bitilasana (Cow Pose) Cow Pose is a great way to relieve stress and calm the mind. You can perform this pose by placing your wrists directly under your shoulders and position your knees under your hips. The Cow Pose is often paired with Cat Pose. To combine the two poses for a gentle flowing vinyasa (the movement between two poses), you can perform the Cat Pose first on an inhale and then switch to the Cow Pose on exhale.
  4. Balasana (Child's Pose) — Child's Pose is restful pose that can bring calmness and peace of mind. To perform this pose, try sitting on your knees and bending your arms forward or by your side. Rest your forehead on the ground.
  5. Savasana (Corpse Pose) — Savasana is a pose that can bring total relaxation. This pose is said to provide the nervous system a brief pause from the daily stresses of life. To perform this pose you must lie on your back with your eyes closed, then rest your arms by your sides with your palms facing up. Allow your ankles to fall in an outward angle. Practice your breathing and allow your body to fall deeper into the mat with each breath. Remain in the Corpse Pose for a minimum of 5 minutes.