5 Yoga Poses for Releasing Stress

We all face stress in our day-to-day life, be it running behind schedule or facing deadlines on a project. Each one of us has a different reason to feel stressed and a unique way to deal with it.

Yoga is proven to help reduce stress by calming the mind, relaxing the body and allowing you to be present in the now. Whether you are at home, work or in between school runs, yoga is always here to help you relax. 

Here are 5 poses that work best for stress reduction;

1.Forward Bend

With your feet shoulder width apart inhale and reach tall and exhale forward, keep a bend in the knees for comfort. 

This is great for relaxing your upper back, neck and shoulders while also stretching your hamstrings, thighs and hips.

2. Cat Cow Pose

On all fours, begin in table top, knees and hips align and shoulders and palms align. For cow pose inhale while tilting the pelvis forward and arching your back and opening out your chest. For Cat pose, exhale and start to tilt your pelvis forward and rounding your back up towards the ceiling.

This is great for stretch through the lower back and improves circulation through the face and head releasing pent-up energy. 

3. Childs Pose

In table top bring your big toes together keeping your knees apart, creating a v, slowing push your hips back to sit on your heels. Walk your hands out in front and relax your forehead to the floor. 

This is great for relieving tension in the hips and allows you to soothe the nervous system.

4. Downward Dog 

With your feet shoulder width apart inhale and reach tall and exhale forward, place your hands on the floor and step your feet backwards towards the end of your mat. Keep the weight equal between your hands and feet by tilting your pelvis towards your legs and pushing through your shoulders. You can paddle your feet to help stretch through your calves and hamstrings if they are feeling tighter than normal.

This is a great total body stretch used to energise the sciatic nerve to support the nervous system.

5. Cobra

Lying chest down on the floor place your palms on the floor slightly higher than your shoulders with your elbows bent. Keep your legs together, on the inhale lift you head and chest off the ground using your arms to lift yourself up, keeping your hips grounded. 

This is great for opening the diaphragm and circulating blood throughout the spine and organs.