Improve Your Health: 5 Yoga Poses To Banish Stress And Anxiety

If this new century is bringing you down causing a lot of stress and anxiety, then you should do something, because it may affect a lot your lifestyle and health. Stress relieving drugs may improve the situation at the moment, but they have so many side effects over your body which can worsen your overall health.

Anyhow, it’s well known since ancient times that yoga is the key for a healthy mind and body, and I think it’s the antidote for any health problems these days.

So, if you want to have a balanced lifestyle, you can practice the next yoga stress relieving poses anytime you face with a stressful situation. You can do this yoga asanas every night before going to sleep, because it will also improve a lot your sleep quality.

1. Downward Facing Dog

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– From Child’s Pose, keep your hands on the floor, sit up on your knees, and then press back into Downward Facing Dog.
– Spread your fingers wide, and create a straight line between your middle fingers and elbows. Work on straightening your legs and lowering your heels toward the ground. Relax your head between your arms, and direct your gaze through your legs or up toward your belly button. Hold for 10 breaths.

2. Standing Forward Bend

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– From Downward Facing Dog, slowly step forward to the top of your mat, let your feet meet your hands, and grab your big toes.
– On your inhale, gaze forward with a flat back, and as you exhale, engage your abs, and fold forward. Tuck your chin in toward your chest, relax your shoulders, and extend the crown of your head toward the floor to create a long spine. Shift your weight forward onto your toes, straightening your legs as much as possible. Place your hands on the ground, fingertips lining up with your toes.
– Hold here for five breaths.

3. Child’s Pose

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– From Standing Forward Bend, kneel on your mat with your knees hip’s-width distance apart and your big toes touching behind you. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, lay your torso over your thighs.
– Try to lengthen your neck and spine by drawing your ribs away from your tailbone and the crown of your head away from your shoulders.
– Rest your arms beside your legs, with your arms extended out in front of you.
– Stay here for at least 10 deep breaths.

4. Head to Knee Pose

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– From Child’s Pose, sit back on your bottom, and bring both of your legs straight out in front of you.
– Bend your right knee and place the sole of your foot against your inner thigh, pulling your heel as close to your body as you can.
– Inhale to sit up tall, and exhale as you fold your torso over your left leg. Rest your hands on the floor on either side of your leg, place them on your shin, or wrap your hands around your left foot.
– Stay here for 10 breaths, sit up, and repeat this pose on the other side.

5. Legs Up the Wall

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– Grab your mat and move toward the closest wall.
– Sit sideways, and position yourself a few inches away from a wall. On your exhale, swing your hips 90 degrees to bring legs up the wall.
– Allow your shoulders and head to rest lightly on the floor, relax your arms at your sides, and close your eyes.
– Keep your legs firm against the wall, but don’t force anything in this pose. If it feels uncomfortable on your lower back, then move a few more inches away from the wall.

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