Yoga Poses To Instantly Get Rid Of Stress

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Continuous practice of yoga is a great way to reduce stress, calm your mind and staying in shape. But when we specifically talk about yoga poses to relieve stress, there are some poses which offer more relaxation and help you getting rid of stress. Yoga helps you slowing down and regulating your breathing, which in turn helps you to focus adequately. Following are a few yoga poses which calms you down and vanishes stress. These include forward bend, eagle pose and others which can put you into a meditative state and refresh your body.


1. Eagle Pose (Garudasana)

In this pose you need to you need to draw to attention at a single point. This will provide you with a better focus throughout the day, eliminating the unnecessary thoughts. With this asana, you can reduce up the stiffness in your shoulders and hip (the spots where tension and emotions tend to accumulate).

Steps :

1.    Be in Tadasana (the mountain pose). Take your feet hip width apart and arms wide, bring your right arm over the left.

2.    Bend your elbow and bring the palms together.

3.    Transfer the weight of the four corners to your right foot and bend your knees a little.

4.    Lift your left thigh up and cover it with your right thigh. If you don’t not have any knee problem the hook your toes behind the right calf. If you cannot, leave the foot where it is. Make sure not to force yourself to do this step as not all can do it.

5.    Secure the core and start to sink your hips down while continuing to maintain length in your spine. Concentrate on the point of your focus keeping the flow of breath effortless.

6.    To come out of this pose slowly come back to the Tadasana position. Repeat on the other side.

Tip : as you need to focus at a point so place an object that gives you a composed feeling in front of your mat


2. Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

Uttanasana is a pose which will help you calm quiet your busy mind. Uttanasana balances your nervous system. It creates a balance between over stimulation of brain and reduces excessive emotional energy.

Steps :

1.    From Tadasana, bend your knees and slightly contract your core. Hinge forward from your hips and place your hands in front or alongside your feet.

2.    Let your weight fall onto your feet and feel your bones lifting up towards the ceiling. You would feel your hamstrings stretching. Keep your knees bent to protect your lower back.

3.    You can hold on for few breaths till you feel comfortable. If you have blood pressure problems, take your time for coming out of the pose.

Tip : Uttanasana is contraindicated for any sort of hamstring injuries, blood pressure, glaucoma and back pain.


3. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Child’s pose is one of the easiest poses of yoga. You can hold on to this pose for long durations without any props. This is one of the most soothing poses for the adrenals. Also, the added advantage is you can take a quick rest from the tough poses.

Steps :

1.    With your hands and knees, take your sit-bones back over your heels and keep your hands in front of you. Gradually fold your torso forward until your eyebrow touches the mat.

2.    Keep your knees together or separate wider than your hips.

3.    Your arms should be resting alongside your body, palms up, but if you want you can stack your hands and rest your head over.

4.    If your hips are not touching the heels you could place a cushion in between you to relax. Stay in this position for at least 10 breaths and let go all the stress.

Tip : Imagine a relaxing colour in between both your eyebrows (like gold, lilac or blue). Feel the colour flowing in and out with every breath. This will wipe away stress in no time.


4. Diamond Pose (Vajrasana)

Vajrasana helps improve your digestive system. Also, it is one of the best poses for meditation and deep breathing exercises.

Steps :

1.    Kneel and sit back on your heels (as seen in the picture). You can always place a cushion between the sit bones and your feet.

2.    The length in your spine must be maintained.

3.    Check on your breath and see how your mind starts to slow and calm down. Stay in this position for at least 10 breaths and feel the stress and tension free.


5. Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

This pose is just like taking a mini vacation, it helps you open up all the places in the body that hold on to stress such as hips, inner thighs and groin.

Steps :

1.    Take the Savasana pose (lying on your back). Keep the soles of your feet together and knees out to the side. In case your knees are far from the floor you could use yoga blocks or folded blankets underneath to make the pose more effective.

2.    Keep your arms up overhead and take your elbows with opposite hands or resting on the floor alongside your torso.

3.    Stay in this pose till you feel comfortable and let it go once you feel relaxed. This pose helps you build a positive connection with yourself and keeps you calm.

So if you are stressed or tensed about work, relationships or financial troubles, keep yoga as a relief option for yoga can work wonders and make you feel better when you think your life is going haywire. So KEEP CALM and DO YOGA! 

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