For many of us, relaxation means sitting in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day or sleeping. This, however does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. To effectively combat stress, we need to activate the body’s natural relaxation response. We can do this by practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, rhythmic exercise and yoga. Fitting these activities into our lives will help us to reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood. Try these easy yoga poses to relax the body as well as mind.
1) Child pose (Balasana)
The calming child’s pose is a resting posture that can help quiet the mind, easing stress and anxiety while gently stretching the back. It is also good for the nervous system and lymphatic system.
2) Setu Bandha (Sarvangasana)
the bridge pose provides gentle stretching of the back and legs while alleviating stress and tension. The pose can reduce anxiety, fatigue, backaches, headaches and insomnia, and is even thought to be therapeutic for high blood pressure.
3) Eagle pose (Garudasana)
The active and empowering eagle pose can help ward off stress by improving concentration and balance, and also by opening up the shoulders, upper back and hips. Eagle pose is also an empowerment pose because it releases tension in the shoulders, legs and back, and it does require focus for you to remain balanced in it.
4) Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)
One of the foundational postures, the triangle pose is an excellent stress-reliever and full-body stretch, according to Yoga Journal. It can also help to improve digestion, and potentially mitigate the symptoms of conditions like anxiety, osteoporosis and sciatica.
5) Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
Resting legs up the wall pose for stress reduction. The pose is traditionally thought to slow the aging process. It helps renew blood and lymph drainage back into the heart area.
6) Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)
The cat pose soothes and stretches the lower back, relieving stress while gently massaging the spine. Try arching and rounding the back 10 times in a row while focusing on deep inhaling and exhaling.
7) Shavasana (corpse pose)
Corpse pose may look like a nap, but it actually allows you to quiet your thoughts and feel your body melting into the floor. You will learn to control your emotions and mind will focus on your body and on your good thoughts (third eye). In this pose all the tensions and negative thoughts will melt away.