Relieve your Stress with Yoga Asanas

Stress has been proven to be downright dangerous and yet many of us suffer from chronic stress.

There is nothing worse then already feeling wiped out before your week begins. Monday feels like Friday and weekends are gone in a flash. It turns out that some simple Yoga poses can be the best remedy!

There’s many ways to deal with stress, but it’s wise to look for some techniques for lasting relaxation and balance.

There’s junk food, movies, alcohol, caffeine and many other coping mechanisms, but they’re only effective for temporary pleasure. Yoga is actually a lasting and healthy way to deal with stress.

Yoga unites the mind, body and soul.

Stress results in increased levels of toxins in the system, which can be deposited in muscles and tissues which causes sickness and lethargy. It is preferred to remove these toxins from the body by adequate hydration, a healthy diet and improving the body’s blood circulation to drain your muscles and tissues.

With that established, it is better to avoid high carbohydrate foods for a sugar rush and switch to exercise and yoga to relax and let the stress pass. Yoga asanas not only help relax muscle tension, they also assist in removing toxins from the muscles by improving their blood supply.

Stress Relief Yoga Routine

The following yoga poses target at easing muscle tension, improving blood flow and handling stress:

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Lie on your back with a block under your head. Close your eyes and move your head from side to side. This asana helps to relax the muscles and regulate eye movements.

Ardha Uttanasana (Standing Half Forward Bend)

Ardha Uttanasana (Standing Half Forward Bend)

Stand upright on a yoga mat. Bend forward and hold your legs just above the ankles. Flex your neck downward and take deep breaths. This pose calms the mind, releases strap muscles of the back and reduce stomach ache and anxiety.

Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose)

Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose)

Sit on the floor mat with your legs fully extended. Flex your right leg at the knee joint and bring your right ankle to the left thigh. Bend your upper torso forward and place your left hand on the left ankle. This pose builds pressure on the liver and kidneys, stimulating them to remove toxins at a faster pace.

Apanasana (Knee to Chest Pose)

Apanasana (Knee to Chest Pose)

Lie down on your back. Flex your thighs and bring your knees to your chest. Flex your knees so that your legs are horizontal and hold them in position with your hands. Hold this pose steady for a short period, or you may feel heaviness. This pose significantly improves colonic function, and is a quick remedy for abdominal bloating and queasiness.

Bitilasana (Cat-Cow Position)

Bitilasana (Cat-Cow Position)

Stand on your knees on the floor. Flex your waist and put your palms on the floor, so that your back is at its normal length but in a horizontal position. Fully extend your neck, then flex your neck so that you are looking on the floor. Then raise your back and hold that position – like a cat on its toes. You may also need to inhale and exhale heavily in this position. Repeat this sequence multiple times, as it strengthens your cardiovascular system. This asana also stretches the abdominal and back muscles, and relieve any tension or rigidity.

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose)

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose)

With your toes and knees giving you support, raise your abdomen and torso and put pressure on your palms on the floor. Push your chest outward and fully extend your neck upwards. Close your eyes and take deep breaths. This pose is very rejuvenating as it allows the lungs and chest to expand. The posture of your body will improve significantly, and any fatigue will also be washed off.

Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Sitting on the mat with you knees flexed, bend forward and place your head on a raised block. Place your palms on the floor and close your eyes. Balasana is a resting pose, and it also compresses the abdomen and stimulates peristalsis. It also imparts a sense of relief and improves breathing.

Yoga is a Great Way of Handling Stress

These asanas may seem difficult for newbies but starting with the basic stretches and corpse poses will get you through the routine. Enjoy!

What are your favorite stress relieving Yoga poses? Feel free to comment below.

 

Photo credit: William Brawley via Visual Hunt / CC BY

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