Sometimes the day-to-day can just be plain stressful. Work piles up, the house is messy, your family relies on you to do certain things and you just can’t seem to find the time to unwind and relax. This can be a huge problem for the mind and body so, it’s important you find ways to de-stress.
One of the simplest ways is through yoga! And I don’t mean doing some crazy, arm balance pose or sitting on your head. There are many different yoga poses that are super simple and super effective at helping to reduce stress. Even if you’ve never done yoga in your life, you’ll be able to do these poses! And after just one you’ll start to feel its calming effects immediately. Here are 3 basic poses designed to help melt your stress away!
Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
Uttanasa is great for quieting the mind and balancing the nervous system. It helps the body by balancing out the sacral chakra, leading to feelings of peace and relaxation.
To do this pose:
- Start with your feet hip distance apart with your knees slightly bent and your arms along your sides
- Take a deep breathe and raise your arms over your head, then slowly bend down, reaching your hands to the floor as you exhale
- If you are more flexible you straighten your knees and place your hands on the floor
- If you aren’t flexible then let your knees bend until you no longer feel tension and place your hands on your shins or cross them together and simply hang
- When you are finished with the pose, take a deep breath in and lift up, raising your arms above your head and slowly lowering them into a prayer position in front of your heart
- Repeat this as necessary
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Balasana is one of the simplest poses to do in yoga and is known as a resting pose. It helps soothe the adrenal glands which in turn stops that burnt out feeling most stressed people feel.
To do this pose:
- Start by kneeling on the ground with your hands at your side
- Slowly lower your bottom down until you’re sitting on your legs and feet
- Bend over so that your head touches the ground and either reach your arms in front of you or keep them lying by your side
- You may need to adjust your legs and feet a little by spreading them apart just until you’re comfortable
- You can also place a pillow or cushion between your bottom and feet and also at your head if you aren’t flexible enough to down completely
- Take several deep breathes here and feel the stress and tension flow from your body into the ground
- When you are finished, take a deep breath and rise up slowly shaking out any leftover tension you may feel in your limbs
Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
Supta Baddha Konasana is wonderful for centering the body and releasing tension felt in tight areas of the body such as the hips, inner thighs and groin. You may need something for support (like a pillow or blanket) if your hips are extremely tight and not very flexible.
To do this pose:
- Start by lying on your back with your legs outstretched and your arms beside your body
- Bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees drop out to the side
- If your knees are far up from the floor or you’re experiencing a lot of discomfort place so sort of support underneath your knees so that you can fully relax
- You can either place your hands above your head with your arms outstretched or one hand can rest on your heart while the other rests on the lower part of your belly
- Stay in this position for several breaths and feel your belly rise and fall with each inhale and exhale