Less stress and more energy with yoga


Your cell phone is ringing, your boss wants to talk to you, and your kids are asking- what's for dinner (relatable?)

Stress and anxiety are everywhere,  and if you find they're getting the best of you, it may time to hit the mat. 

Did you know that yoga may lower your blood pressure, slow your heart rate, heal your muscles, and calm your mind? 

Here are 3 easy restorative yoga poses you can try now:

1. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

If you’ve had a stressful day or you are taking a quick break from a rigorous yoga practice, child’s pose is ideal. Begin on your hands and knees. Spread your knees out further than your hips, and bring your feet together so their inside edges touch or come close to touching. Sit back so that your bottom rests on your heels. Allow your belly to relax between your thighs. Reach your arms out straight in front of you and place your forehead on the floor on a blanket. This pose increases blood flow to the brain, lowers your blood pressure, and relaxes your mind. It also stretches your hips, pelvic cavity, legs, and back. Spend several minutes in this pose for full body restoration.

2. Reclining Goddess (SuptaBadhaKonasana)

For this relaxing pose, lie on your back and rest your head on the floor or on a blanket. Bend your knees and walk your feet in. Splay your knees open while keeping your feet pressed together along the outside edge. If the stretch feels too deep, you can place blocks or blankets under your knees for support. Rest the arms beside you or place your hands on your belly. Feel yourself breathe. Reclining Goddess stretches your inner thighs, groin, and hips. Stay in this pose for several minutes for restorative benefits.

 3. Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

Sleep restores us inside and out. Similarly, you can get quite a few restorative benefits relaxing in this pose while awake. Lie down flat on your back. Place your arms away from your torso, and turn your palms face up. Separate your legs so they’re comfortable but aren’t touching. Close your eyes, part your teeth, and rest your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Take several deep, conscious breaths, and allow your mind and body to quiet down and relax. Your heart rate should slow, your blood pressure should decrease, and your muscles should unwind.

 

Author: Dawn Palacios, RD

Sources:

1. Mayo Clinic Stress Management: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/yoga/art-20044733

2. Yoga Journal: https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/yoga-by-benefit/stress