5 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

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Are you stressed out right now?  If so, don’t feel bad because you’re not alone.  According to the American Institute of Stress, 73% of the U.S. population regularly experiences psychological stress symptoms.   Now more than ever it is important that we take the time to manage stress and improve our health and personal well-being.  Rather than turning to sugary snacks or a bottle of wine, why not give yoga a try?  Today, I’d like to share 5 yoga poses for stress relief that is simple, quick, and effective.  

woman doing yoga pose with text that reads 5 yoga poses for stress relief

When we’re stressed, the muscles in our neck, head, and shoulders tense up, which restricts blood circulation.  The poses below will help provide you a nice stretch while improving your health and well-being.  Don’t worry if you’re new to yoga as the following poses are for all levels.

Child’s Pose 

Among the many yoga poses for stress relief, this is a great one to begin as it helps to calm and soothe your brain.  When performed with the head and torso supported, it may also help to relieve back and neck pain.   Taking the legs together, kneel down on your yoga mat as you sit back on your heels.  Bend forward towards your thighs and keep your chest resting on the thighs.  Place your forehead on the ground.  Now move your shoulders ahead and let your hands rest with the palms facing upward beside your feet.  Just focus on breathing softly and holding Child’s Pose for 3-5 minutes.

Watch how it’s done appropriately here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-mtV34Afok 

Downward Facing Dog

downward facing dog

One of the most well-known and popular yoga poses, the downward-facing dog offers a wide range of benefits.  This pose puts most — if not all — of the muscles in the body to work.  Strengthening and stretching the muscles is the key purpose behind this yoga pose, helping to invigorate the mind and body. If your hamstrings are tight, or you worry that you aren’t very flexible, don’t worry about it.  Just bend your knees as much as you like.  Keep your gaze back toward your knees with a long, straight neck.  

Watch this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqOqM79McYY

Mountain Pose

From standing, inhale as you lift your arms, palms up, in front of you over your head, and simultaneously lift your heels.  Exhale and slowly lower your heels and repeat five times.  Try to make the movement last the length of your deep breath.  This is a terrific and powerful move for releasing tightness in the chest and restoring awareness to the center.  It also helps improve bad posture. 

To watch how it’s correctly done, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HTvZp5rPrg

Happy Baby Pose

As the name suggests, this pose aims to bring you into a relaxed, happy, and even playful mood.  This pose is suitable for those looking for a challenge but is still simple enough to be achieved by beginners.  It also makes a great option for a sedentary office worker, feeling stiff in the hips and knees.

Watch how to do it?  Go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ppku7i3ypGM  

Seated Spinal Twist

Though it may sound complicated, the seated spinal twist is a straightforward and effective pose to calm erratic nerves and soothe any areas of stress in the body.  This yoga pose focuses on the shoulders, hips, neck and, most importantly, the spine.  

Watch how to do it the right way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciGK6HyYqV4

Finally…

Did these yoga poses for stress relief help you?  Was there a pose that you love that I missed?  I’d love to hear your thoughts at hello@heartandsoulblog.com.  And be sure to subscribe to my blog in order to receive more great tips straight to your inbox each Friday.  To read more about yoga, I recommend clicking on the 6 Best Yoga YouTube Channels for 2020.  

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