Monday, November 17, 2014

How to: Reduce Stress Through Yoga

As the holidays come up, we all know the stress that can arise when balancing alone time and making plans for family. Stress has been called “the silent killer,” for it is linked to heart disease, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats. According to Mayo Clinic, “Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety.”

Here are a few of the best Yoga possess to help reduce stress:

Child’s Pose (Balasana)
One of the more recognized poses, is known to help calm the mind while gently stretching the back. Also said to be good for the nervous system.

Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
This pose is often used as a transition during a yoga practice, however, when done on its own it provides a great stretch for the hamstrings and thighs. Some say bending your knees during the pose aids fatigue and mild depression.

Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
This move requires concentration and balance, which allows you to focus all your thoughts onto your stretch. While challenging you, it also helps open your shoulders, upper back and hips.

Corpse Pose (Shavasana)
As the end pose of most yoga classes, this move is said to be the most relaxing part of the whole practice. Shavasana puts your body into deep rest and meditation, letting you slow your breathing and truly relax.

Go ahead and give some of these a try and leave us a comment if you any other poses that help stress relief! 

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