Practicing yoga is a proven calm-provider: It can lower your blood pressure, provide relief for chronic back pain and even relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. Perhaps best of all, you can get bendy virtually anywhere, and if you have an open space at least as big as a standard yoga mat, you’re golden.
So the next time you feel symptoms of stress creeping in, take a deep breath and remove your shoes: It’s time for a little namaste. Check out the best 5 yoga-inspired stretches for stress relief down below. You won’t regret it.
1. Child’s Pose
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Kneel on your yoga mat with legs together, sitting back on your heels.
Take a deep breath in and, as you exhale, lay your torso over your thighs.
Curl your shoulders forward and let your hands rest, palms up, next to feet or in front of you.
Rest your arms beside your legs, with your arms extended out in front of you.
Hold this pose for at least five breaths.
2. Standing Forward Bend
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From a standing position, exhale forward.
Bend your knees enough to bring palms flat on the floor with your head pressed against the legs.
Hold this pose for 6 breaths.
3. Eagle Pose
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Begin by standing with your arms at sides.
Bend the knees and balance yourself on the right foot.
Cross left thigh over the right one.
Hook the top of the left foot behind right calf.
Extend arms straight in front of you and drop the left arm under your right one.
Bend elbows, raise forearms perpendicular to the floor.
Wrap arms and hands, pressing palms together.
Square hips and chest to the front wall and draw your belly in and up.
Hold this pose for 1 minute.
4. Corpse Pose
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Lie flat on your back with your legs together but not touching.
Also, make sure your arms are at sides with palms up.
Keep eyes closed and face relaxed.
Hold this pose for 3 minutes.
5. Puppy Pose
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Start on all fours on the yoga mat.
Place your knees under your hips and your wrists under your shoulders.
Bring the shoulder blades together and down the spine and tuck the toes.
Lower the chest towards the yoga mat.
Keep pressing into your hands and your tucked toes evenly.
Hold in this position for 2 minutes.