Yoga poses for stress reduction

by Michelle on December 19, 2018

Since the Holidays are upon us it’s the season to be stressed!  If you can carve out a minute for yourself from the hustle and bustle try some simple yoga poses to help reduce your stress level and maybe enjoy the festivities a bit more.

Check out the website www.yogajournal.com for step-by-step instructions on how to do these and many more poses:

Child’s Post:  quiets the mind and eases stress; benefits the nervous system and lymphatic system.

Bridge Pose:  provides gentle stretching of the back and legs, reduces anxiety, fatigue, backaches, headaches, and insomnia; may be therapeutic for high blood pressure.

Standing Forward Bend:  stretches the hamstrings, thighs, and hips; thought to relieve stress, fatigue, and mild depression.

Corpse Pose:  puts the body at ease and emphasizes total relaxation; can trigger a state of deep rest that slows breathing, lowers blood pressure, and quiets the nervous system.

Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose:  Helps reduce stress, and helps renew blood and lymphatic drainage back into the heart area.

Cat Pose:  Soothes and stretches the lower back, and relieves stress while massaging the spine.

Cow Pose:  Gently warms the spine, relieves stress and calms the mind; massages and stimulates the organs and creates emotional balance.

Dolphin Pose:  Quiets the mind, alleviates stress, and reduces anxiety; stretches the shoulders, neck, and spine.

Head-To-Knee Forward Bend:  Calms the mind, helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, fatigue, headache, menstrual discomfort, and insomnia.

Easy Pose:  Promotes inner calm, opens the hips, lengthens the spine, and increases serenity; eliminates anxiety, and relieves physical and mental exhaustion.

Sometimes more than breathing or a nap is needed to help us calm down.  Yoga is a good way to restore some balance and serenity to your life when things seem hectic and out of control.  Whatever fitness level you might be on there is a yoga pose and an adaptation you can do for stress relief.

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