The stress of everyday life can build up and overwhelm your mind. From working long days in the office to caring for your children, and even both, your busy schedule can result in stress and exhaustion that can be felt throughout the body.
In a past blog, we discussed the importance of having a yoga community in this day-and-age. We live in a digital world now, and it’s almost impossible to go throughout a day without looking at some type of device, whether that be a computer screen, tablet, or smartphone. Looking at a screen for many hours a day can make your mind feel foggy. To cope with our overuse of technology, it’s important to create time and space to unwind, unplug, and decompress. And you can do this by participating in yoga classes and practicing yoga exercises on your own.
No matter if you prefer group classes, or if you’d rather do yoga on your own, one thing is for sure: incorporating yoga into your routine will result in stress relief, a clearer mind, and an improved sense of happiness.
Today we’re going to be listing out a variety of effective yoga exercises and positions that aid in relieving stress. Whether you do these in a class setting or on your own is up to you. However, there are incredible benefits to participating in group yoga classes. If you’re interested in signing up for a class, take a look online to find our weekly class schedule and contact us today.
So without further ado, let’s learn which exercises and poses will bring you maximum mental and physical stress relief.
Yoga Exercises That Will Help Melt Stress Away
As one of the most popular yoga poses, downward dog results in a good stretch throughout the body. To get into this position, start with your hands and knees on the mat. Lift your hips into the air and stretch back, pressing your heels into the mat. You’ll feel a good stretch through your hamstrings, calves, and neck. If you hold stress in your hips, which is very common, you can lift one leg up and back, opening up that hip. Hold the downward dog pose for at least a minute.
Legs Up The wall
This pose will relax your mind, stretch your lower body, and is said to heal insomnia. If you are having trouble sleeping or even relaxing after a long day, try this pose. What you’ll do is sit sideways up against a wall, with your back flat on the ground or on a pillow for extra support. Move your legs up the wall so that they are extending up in front of you. You’ll feel a good stretch up through the back of your legs. Hold this position for five to 10 minutes, focusing on your breathing.
The relaxing position of child’s pose will help to calm your mind and body, as well as providing a gentle stretch throughout the back. Chances are if you’ve participated in a yoga class, you’ve done child’s pose. This position serves as a break throughout a yoga sequence to pause and relax before working on the next exercise. Start this position with hands and knees on the mat. Push your hips backward so they are folded over your calves and feet. Your arms will be extended in front of you and your forehead will gently rest on the mat.
Cat Cow Pose
If you carry physical stress in your back, the Cat Cow Pose will feel great for you. Relieving stress and aches in the lower back, while also calming the mind, the slight movement of the position will loosen up any tension you’re holding. To get into this pose, start with your hands and knees on the mat in tabletop position. With your neck relaxed and hanging, you’re going to arch and round your back up. This is the “cat” position. Slowly, you’ll round out your mind, lift your face to your sky, and arch downward into cow position. This exercise makes you focus on your breath while feeling a good stretch throughout your back and spine. Repeat this sequence 10 times.
Corpse Pose is the ultimate position for total mind and body relaxation. Just as the name suggests, you’re going to be on your back with your hands and feet relaxed. You can place a pillow or bolster of some type under your needs if you need further lower back support. Your feet will rest on the floor and your arms will lie at your side, with palms up. As you lay on your back, try to relax your mind as well.
Sign Up For A Class At Love Yoga
If you are looking to relieve stress throughout your body and mind, consider participating in a yoga class. Routine yoga exercises will help you clear your mind and release tension in your body. At Love Yoga, a Top Rated National® yoga studio in Greeneville, your first class with us is free. Visit us soon.