Stress relieving yoga poses


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. 

  • Adjust your body and try not to move. 

  • Close your eyes and relax. 

  • Stay there for 5 minutes.