Calm Your Stress With These Poses
Stress is one of those things that can just creep right up on you. You could be just sitting there minding your own business when from out of nowhere you start to feel anxiety and before you know it, you become so stressed that you have a minor panic attack. Why does this happen? You may not think you are stressed but subconsciously there is something that is raising your stress levels.
Whatever the cause of your stress, there are things you can do to reduce your stress levels. The best part is that it only takes 10 minutes or less a day to reduce anxiety and get your mind and body back in balance.
The following poses will help calm your brain and get you back in the proper frame of mind. When stress creeps up, take the time to collect yourself and do these poses.
See the poses below and be sure to pass this along to those friends and family that could use some stress relief in their lives.
1. Lotus Pose (Padmasana)
Begin in an Indian style position with your knees bent and legs folded. Pick your right foot up and place it on top of your left thigh.
Bring your hands together at your heart. Keep your back straight, and make sure to repeat with the other foot.
This is the meditative pose that many people begin with in their practice. Think about why you are here and what you want to accomplish on the mat today.
2. Tree Pose (Vriksasana)
Don’t let this pose fool you. It’s much harder than it looks, especially if you struggle with balance.
Shift your weight to the right foot while slowly lifting your left foot to the inside of your right leg. Try to raise the heel as high up on your leg as you can.
Keep your hands at your heart to help with balance or raise them straight up over your head to challenge yourself even more.
Hold for 30 seconds to a minute and repeat with the other leg.
3. Revolved Side Angle Variation (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana)
Begin in crescent lunge (above) with your right knee forward. Bring your hands together at your heart, and slowly reach your left elbow down to your right knee.
Try not to put too much weight into resting on your knee, rather allow your body to feel the stretch and rely on your core to keep you in position. Hold for 30 seconds.
4. Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)
Begin the same way as cow pose, with your knees bent directly below your hips and your hands placed firmly on the mat below your shoulders.
As you inhale, round your spine up towards the ceiling. Let your head fall a bit, but don’t force your chin to your chest.
Combine with Cow Pose (above), and make sure to exhale on cow pose and inhale on cat pose.
Complete all yoga poses, then repeat the workout 2 more times, making sure to switch up the sides of the body.
Check out the remaining poses from the Avocadu here
To Your Health And Wellness!