Everyday stress is something that we all experience. Each of us has a different cause of stress and a different method of coping with it. Yoga encourages mental and physical relaxation and it’s a good choice to manage stress.

We are recommending some yoga poses that can make you feel more at ease, less tense and better overall. You’ll be amazed at how much your mood can elevate with just a few minutes of daily self-care.

Balasna (Child’s Pose)

Balasana reduces stress and anxiety and gently stretches your hips, thighs, and ankles. This pose also calms your mind and steadies your breathing.

This asana should be practiced on an empty stomach. Hold the pose for 1 to 3 minutes for best results.

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Shavasana soothes all your muscles and stimulates blood circulation. This pose gives you a deep and meditative rest.  It requires you to sleep flat on your back and stay immobile like a dead body.

You can practice this beginner level pose any time of the day for 5 to 10 minutes.

Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose)

Viparita Karani helps boost blood circulation through your head and upper body, allowing you to feel realigned after hours of sitting or standing. This pose can help alleviate headaches and soothe back pain.

You can either perform this yoga before sleep or after waking up or at least five hours after your meal. Hold it for 5 to 10 minutes.

Sukhasana (Easy Pose)

Sukhasana is the most common calm-inducing posture. This posture simultaneously activates your body’s relaxation response and deactivates your stress response.

For best results experts suggest moving through a breathing pattern consisting of a breath in for four counts and a breath out for six counts.

Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

Seated Forward Bend is best for calming mind and relieving stress. This pose also helps in stretching your spine, shoulders, and hamstrings. It also stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and can help improve digestion.

If it’s difficult for you to touch your feet, you can modify this pose by using a strap.

Malasana (Garland Pose)

Malasana is the perfect yoga pose for relaxation because it allows to release any tension or stress that has built up in head. As it directs energy downward, this pose is especially beneficial for people who are experiencing anxiety.

This pose also helps to stretch hips, relieves back pain, and promotes relaxation.

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