By now, you know that stress is not exactly the best thing for your health. Yoga is a great stress-buster in and of itself, but there are a number of specific poses that target stress at its root. Try one of these simple yoga poses at the end of a rough day to get all the health benefits of staying calm and relaxed.
Balasana (Child’s Pose)
If you’re intimidated by all of the stretching, twisting, and balancing that is often a part of advanced yoga practice, child’s pose is an excellent place to start.
This pose allows you to fully breathe into the back of your lungs, resulting in a feeling of relaxation.
As you can see, this is a fairly straightforward pose to get into. While kneeling, touch your toes and keep your knees just wider than your hips. As you exhale, lower your torso between your knees, until you end with your forehead resting gently on your mat or floor.
You may either keep your hands behind you, at your sides, or stretch them out in front of you to lengthen your torso and stretch your shoulders. Hold this pose for at least thirty seconds, and feel free to come back to it between your other poses.
Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
This is a great way to open up the body and improve your breathing if you’re flexible enough to do it. Stand with your feet more than shoulder-width apart, but close enough that you still hold a position of strength. Stretch your arms out to the side, level with your shoulders.
Lean to the right, and drop your right hand to the floor or your ankle, and your opposite arm up to the sky. Hold for thirty seconds, and then repeat on the opposite side. If this is too difficult, prop your lower hand on a yoga block, a stack of books, or a chair.