Day-to-day life can be stressful. The house needs cleaning, the work is piling up, and it’s hard to find time for all the responsibilities in your life. It’s also hard to find the time to unwind and relax. This is not good for the body or the mind so it’s important that you take time for yourself to de-stress.
One of the easiest ways to de-stress is with yoga. I’m not talking about the yoga that requires you to balance on one arm or something crazy like that. Instead, simple yoga poses are perfect for both the beginner and the advanced. The goal here is to de-stress, that is always your North Star.
To start relaxing and taking care of the mind and body, here are three simple yoga poses for relieving stress, quieting the mind, and restoring the soul. Read on to learn more.
Standing Forward Fold
This pose is excellent for balancing the nervous system and quieting the mind.
To do this pose: Stand up straight with your feet hip-distance apart. Keep your arms to your side, slightly bent. Take in a deep breath, extend your arms over your head, and gently bend over with your hands reaching towards the floor. Exhale.
For those who are flexible, you can straighten your knees while bending over and position your hands on the floor. On the other hand, if you’re not that flexible, you may let your knees bend while your rest your hands, crisscrossed, on your shins.
When finished, take in one last deep breathe and raise your hands above your head. Next, slowly lower them to prayer position, and you are done.
This is one of the simplest of all yoga poses and is also known as the resting pose. The goal of a child’s pose is to help comfort and soothe the adrenal glands.
To do this pose: Kneel on the ground with your hands by your sides. Gently lower down your bottom until you’re resting on your legs and feet. Bend over with your head touching the ground and your arms extended in front of you. Reach.
It’s possible you may need to spread your legs apart a little more once you assume this position. That’s ok. Get as comfortable as you like. To reach optimum comfort, place a pillow on top of your feet and between your bottom. If you’re having a hard time getting your head to touch the floor, use a cushion to help.
Take many deep breaths while in child’s pose and feel the stress leave your body and go into the ground. Take a moment to visualize this. Stay in this pose for as long as you like, breathing deeply, and when you’re finished return to a sitting position and shake your arms to release any left over tension.
Reclined Bound Angle Pose
This pose is used to center the body. It releases tension in the most tense areas of the body, including the groin, hips, and inner thighs. Grab a pillow or blanket for support if this is your first time doing this pose.
To do this pose: Lie on your back with your legs stretched out and your arms at your sides. Next, bring the soles of your feet together while your knees extend to the right and left of your body. If you’re feeling any discomfort, you can place pillows under your knees.
From here, place your hands over your head with your arms outstretched. Place one hand on your heart and one hand on your abdomen. Take several deep breathes, feeling your body rise and fall, and relax with each breath.