After a hectic October finding a pose for this month came down to one requirement: Stress Relief! Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and sooth anxiety. There are many poses for relieving stress and tension so deciding on one was hard! Instead of deciding on just one pose I opted to show you a series of stress relieving postures. These poses each have restorative benefits to set your mind and body at ease.
Child’s pose is a restorative and relaxing posture that benefits both mind and body. With your arms extended out in front of you it provides a nice stretch to your back. This pose also opens your hips nicely. I often find that I can focus on my breathing better in child’s pose. If my breath becomes rugged in a power class child’s pose is the perfect alternative to getting my breathing back on track.
Begin in a table top position. Gently shift your weight back onto your heels and extending your arms out in front of you. If it feels comfortable to you, keep your knees wide and your big toes touching. Another modification of Child’s Pose is to keep your knees together and lay flat on your legs. place your arms by your side and focus on your breath.
The Cat to Cow sequence flow is very soothing on your body. It’s a great way to massage your body through the gentle transitions of this sequence. I like to begin my practice with this sequence to get things warmed up a bit in my body. I tend to hold a lot of tension in my shoulders. Cat to cow sequence helps work through that tension.
Begin in a table top position. Take a deep breath in and drop your belly down while pushing out your chest and lifting your head up. Keep your abs pulled in even though your stomach is dropped. With an exhale transition into Cat pose by rounding out your back and dropping your head gently. Work through a few of these to sooth the tension out of your upper body.
Forward Folds have always been therapeutic for me ever since my dancing days. I like to my knees slightly in this posture because my hamstrings are tight. This pose is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. I use this pose to loosen up my shoulders and neck. I drop my arms down, grab my elbows and sway gently from side to side.
Begin by grounding yourself into your mat. Make sure that your feet are flat on all corners. Take a deep breath in and sweep your arms up above your head. On the exhale dive down over your legs and set your hands on the mat or a block. If your hamstrings feel tight add a slight bend to the knees.
I am still trying to master Eagle pose but this one is a great stress reliever! There is something about the focus it takes to get into this posture and stay in it that helps get your mind off stress. Eagle pose is great to release the tension in your shoulders which is where I hold my stress.
Begin by standing tall with your arms by your side. Lift one leg off the ground and gently wrap it around your other leg. Twist one arm on top of the other. Once set, gently bend your knees and hold your focus through this posture.
What are some stress relieving yoga poses you enjoy? Share with us and let’s get out on our mats together this month.