5 Calming Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Seated Side Stretch

Now, more than ever it’s important to take a few minutes out for some self-care. Working from home, juggling life with kids and quarantine can leave us all feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and a little on-edge. But we’re here to help. Our very own Fashion Editor and part time yoga teacher  is here to show you a stress-relieving yoga flow.

Read on for some beginner-friendly, grounding yoga poses to calm your mind, ease your stresses and help you breathe deeper and more evenly, all from the comfort of your own home.

Easy Pose with forward bend
Easy Pose with Forward Bend

Easy pose (Sukhasana) with Forward Bend

Sit in easy pose, legs crossed in front of you, and come to a slight forward bend. Stay here for 5 breaths and then switch the legs over so the other is crossed in front and stay for another 5 breaths.

Seated Side Stretch
Seated Side Stretch

Seated side stretch (Parsva Upavistha Konasana)

Take one hand to floor for support, walk it away from the body and bend the elbow towards the floor, and drop your head to your ear.  Sweep your other arm up and over your head. Repeat on the other side. Hold for 5 breaths each side.

Wide Legged Forward Fold
Wide Legged Forward Fold

Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)

Take a wide-legged stance, feet facing forwards and resting hands on hips. Inhale, lift your chest, and as you exhale, bend forward from your hip joints to come into a forward bend. Place your hands on the floor, shoulder-distance apart, fingers in line with your toes. Head comes to rest on the floor or on a block (or cushion, or stack of books – be imaginative here). Hold the pose for 10 breaths.

Reclined Cobbler Pose
Reclined Cobbler Pose

Reclined cobbler (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Sit on your mat, bring the soles of your feet together and leg your knees drop open on either side. Lean backwards, using your hands or forearms for support then lower your back and head all the way to the floor. Stay for 10 breaths.

Legs Up the Wall Pose
Legs Up the Wall Pose

Legs up the wall (Viparita Karani)

Lie on the floor with your legs up the wall, knees and feet together. Bringing your hips as close to the wall as possible. Close your eyes and breathe here for at least 10 breaths.

 

With all lifestyle changes, the more you do it, the more results you’ll see. Try and set a little aside every day that’s just for you, even if it’s just 10 minutes.

 

 

 

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Rachael - Assistant Editor

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