5 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

Hi, friends, and happy Friday! So, we’re almost into week six of the semester, and I’m starting to feel a little tired and lethargic. I think a lot of us get off to a running start and then struggle to keep up our momentum (and health) as we get into the middle of the semester. I love to practice yoga, and I think the benefits of being on your mat are so worth the time you sacrifice. Below are five yoga poses I find leave me relaxed and refreshed after a long day. I hope you find them as rejuvenating as I do!

1. Child’s Pose

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The child’s pose helps stretch out the muscles in your torso while simultaneously stretching your back and leg muscles. The action of resting your forehead on a firm surface is relaxing for the mind, making child’s pose incredibly soothing.

2. Reclined Pose

Lying flat on your back against a firm surface is a great way to focus on your breathing and body awareness. This is how I start most of my practices because it feels so good.

3. Reclined or Supine Twist

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The reclined or supine twist is one of my favorite poses to do either at the start of my practice or at the end. It is a restorative yoga pose, so it is rejuvenating for many parts of the body, including your back, hamstrings, chest, and spine.

4. Legs-up-the-wall

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This pose is something that helps relieve just about any stress or anxiety you’re experiencing. Although it can be a little awkward to get into this pose, I personally find it to be one of the most restorative poses because it stretches the hamstrings and relieves lower back tension, while also minimizing cramps and indigestion.

5. Downward Dog

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This pose is generally one of the first poses introduced to beginner yogis because it is pretty easy to master and it has incredible mental and physical health benefits. The downward dog pose helps reduce anxiety, it strengthens both the upper and lower body, and it energizes the body. Medically, this pose has even been known to help prevent osteoporosis, a disease common in older women.

Happy practicing, guys! 🙂