Stress is the main reason which is stopping us from living our life to the fullest . Yoga is one of the best ways to reduce stress and to calm the body and mind.
Here are 5 yoga poses to reduce stress:
1. Balasana or Child pose
Sit in Vajrasana.
Exhale and fold forward with your arms in the front.
Lengthen your spine keeping the arms active and in front of knees.
Bring your torso down and rest your forehead on the floor.
Now close your eyes and take deep breathes and relax
2. Adho mukha svanasana or Downward facing dog pose
Come to table pose or on all fours i.e knees and palms. Knees in line with hips and palms in line with shoulders. Spread the finders wide.
Inhale and take the knees way from the floor. Try to straighten the legs but do not lock the knee to prevent injury (maintain a micro bend in the knees) Draw your hips up and try to make an inverted 'V' shape.
Look towards your belly button. Keep breathing and stay there.
3. Uttanasana or Standing forward fold pose
Stand with your feet hip distance apart.
With inhalation raise your arms up, keep them active and lengthen your spine.
Now exhale and fold forward from your hips (not from waist)
Bring your torso close to the knees.
Grab your right elbow with left hand and left elbow with right hand. 6. Close your eyes and relax.
4. Legs to the wall pose
Sit with your left side to the wall.
Straighten your legs.
Exhale, bend your legs and pivot to the left (to the wall) by bring your elbows down.
Now rest your back on the floor and straighten your legs up the wall.
Move your buttocks close to the wall. If you are not comfortable here adjust the distance between buttocks and the wall.
Keep your arms by your side, palms facing upwards.
Keep your eyes closed and relax.
5. Savasana or Corpse pose
Lie down on your back.
Keep your feet separated but relaxed.
Place your arms by your side( not touching you) and palms facing upwards.