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10 Yoga Exercises That Help You Keep Calm and Carry On

If you’ve been meaning to start doing yoga, there’s no time like today, girl - particularly if you are in a high-stress job or home situation. Yoga helps you focus on your breathing, letting you achieve inner peace and calm. Many of these exercises can be done at work or any place that allows you a bit of space and time to relax. Do these asanas as slowly as possible, and do not think of them as physical exercise where you need to really exert yourself. Relax, put on some calm natural sounds, and take it slow... Here are 10 yoga exercises to de-stress every day! 



1. Balasana


This posture is extremely relaxing, allowing you to let all your stress, anxiety and tension to just float away. Whenever you feel work stress getting to you, take a few minutes off and get into the Balasana pose and you will definitely feel rejuvenated at the end of it.


Yoga Exercises to De-Stress - Balasana



2. Uttanasana


Stretch your hands up and bring them down to the floor as you bend your back down. Hold the pose as you gently breathe in and out. This pose is known to help relieve stress and depression.


Yoga Exercises to De-Stress - Uttanasana



3. Savasana


This is also known as the corpse pose, where you simply lie on your back, close your eyes and focus on your breathing.


Yoga Exercises to De-Stress - Savasana



4. Viparita Karani


For this pose you will need to sit next to a wall, lie down slowly while lifting your legs up and resting them on the wall. Hold the pose for as long as you can. This pose helps with the circulation of blood to the heart.


Yoga Exercises to De-Stress - Viparita Karani



5. Marjaryasana


Get on your knees and your hands and arch your back up into what looks like a cat pose. Hold the position for a few breaths and revert to the flat back position. Do this for ten rounds. The pose helps stretch your lower back and relieves stress almost instantaneously.


Yoga Exercises to De-Stress - Marjaryasana



6. Purna Titli Asana


For the butterfly pose you basically sit and bring the soles of your feet together in front of your body, while bending your knees. Hold your feet and flap your knees up and down while focusing on your breathing. This pose helps relax your legs and back.


Yoga Exercises to De-Stress - Purna Titli Asana



7. Salamba Sirsasana


A headstand is extremely useful to relieve anxiety and reverses the blood flow - in effect, de-stressing both the brain and heart. This pose needs to be done with proper care, and if you are inexperienced, we’d suggest you take the support of a wall. Your body weight should rest on your arms and shoulders, and not your head.


Yoga Exercises to De-Stress - Salamba Sirsasana



8. Sukhasana


Fold your legs and sit with your back absolutely straight. Bring your thumb and index finger together and keep your palms on your knees facing upwards. This pose is all about breathing regularly and focusing on clearing your mind, leading to inner peace.


Yoga Exercises to De-Stress - Sukhasana



9. Janu Sirsasana


Sit on your yoga mat with one leg stretched out and the other folded. Slowly bend your back and head forward and bring them down, parallel to your stretched leg. Hold the sole of your foot and stay in position for a couple of breaths. This helps relieve depression, anxiety, fatigue, menstrual cramps, and insomnia.


Yoga Exercises to De-Stress - Janu Sirsasana



10. Paschimottanasana


Sit on your yoga mat with your legs stretched forward. Slowly bring your back and head down to your knees and hold on to the soles of your feet. This pose helps stretch your back and hamstrings. It also really helps with digestion and relieving menstruation cramps.


Yoga Exercises to De-Stress - Paschimottanasana


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Published on Jan 19, 2015
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