Keeping Mind and Body Aligned as Stress Springs Forward
Balasana or Child’s Pose
This pose is a resting posture that can help quiet the mind, easing stress and anxiety while gently stretching the back, according to The Huffington Post.
“It’s one of the key poses that you can come to in the middle of a class whenever you want to to relieve stress,” said Dr. Terri Kennedy, registered yoga teacher and president of Power Living Enterprises, Inc. “It’s very restorative … it’s child-like and allows us to come inward to ourselves.”
Savasana or Corpse Pose
Savasana is a pose that puts the body completely at ease and emphasizes total relaxation, according to The Huffington Post. “[It] is the relaxation pose,” Kennedy said. “It’s actually difficult for many people because we’re so not used to being still … But it encourages the body to come to a more restful state.”
Viparita Karani or Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose
According to The Huffington Post, the resting legs up the wall pose for stress reduction. “The pose is traditionally thought to slow the aging process,” said The Huffington Post. “It helps renew blood and lymph drainage back into the heart area.”
Uttana Shishosana or Puppy Pose
This pose is a variation of child’s pose with a heart-opening effect, according to The Huffington Post. “This mild inversion pose can help to counter our tendency to crouch and slouch the shoulders when stressed,” said The Huffington Post.
Marjaryasana or Cat Pose
According to The Huffington Post, the cat pose soothes and stretches the lower back, relieving stress while gently massaging the spine.
“[In the cat pose], you’re releasing stress in the spine … If you’re in a class, it allows students to begin to slow down and focus on the breath,” Kennedy said. “It’s one of those transition poses that takes us from the outside world in.”
Utthita Trikonasana or Extended Triangle Pose
One of the foundational postures, the triangle pose is an excellent stress-reliever and full-body stretch, according to Yoga Journal.
“It can also help to improve digestion, and potentially mitigate the symptoms of conditions like anxiety, osteoporosis and sciata,” – The Huffington Post.