Yoga for Stress Relief

Yoga for Stress Relief

Willow Katzmann
Our modern world is just inundated with stress. No matter where you look, on the news, in social media, in gatherings with friends, it seems as if stress is everywhere.

Fortunately, yoga can help to ease all of those issues. With just a short routine in your schedule, yoga helps to reduce and counter all of those stressful challenges.

In our modern Western world, yoga is a wonderful way of integrating the mind, body, and spirit. It has the great benefit of bringing flexibility, strength, and balance to our physical being while also gentling and focusing our mental abilities.

Yoga builds inner strength and promotes whole-body wellness.  Regular practice cultivates a calm that stays with you even afterwards. 

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Relaxing Yoga Poses

There are some yoga poses which naturally bring a sense of ease and relaxation to your life. Here are a few to add into your regular yoga practice.

Child's Pose

Child's Pose – From a kneeling position, separate your knees as wide as your mat, big toes together. Let your belly rest between your thighs and breathe deeply and intentionally. Bring  you forehead to the floor and relax the arms alongside the body, or forward, hands pressing down and forward for a deeper hip stretch. Child’s pose calms the nervous system, can help with fatigue and digestive issues, as well as stretches the hips and lower back.

spinal twist

Lying Spinal Twist– one of my favorite poses of all time. You lie down on your back. You raise your left knee toward the ceiling and gently bend the left knee toward the right side of you. You then stretch your left arm out to the far left. For an extra stretch you can put your right palm on the left side of your left knee. It wrings your spine out like a dish towel. It squeezes out all those toxins and refreshes you. When you are done on one side, reverse.

savasana

Savasana – the ultimate pose of relaxation. Take in long, deep, nourishing breaths. Let your entire body recharge and refill. Let all worries fall away. You will deal with them attentively soon enough. For now, your body needs to recharge its energy like an empty battery. Focus wholly and fully on that rest, relaxation, and recharging.

We all only have this one body to carry us through our entire life. This body we have is precious. It is unique. Care for it and tend to it as you would your most precious possession. Treat it with kindness. Everyday is a new opportunity for renewal.

Namaste.

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