Yoga for stress relief
Feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Take six minutes to bring yourself back by practicing yoga for stress relief.
Set an alarm for six minutes, throw your legs up on the couch (backs of calf muscles rest on cushions), bring your hands on your belly, close your eyes and consciously deepen your breath. Inhale and exhale slowly and evenly. Relax and let go as much as possible.
If you are familiar with meditation, you can become the observer in your physical and emotional bodies, mind and spirit. Check in and discover what you need to feel ease. This inversion will rejuvenate, revitalize and calm your nervous system, thereby relieving anxiety.
This works best when undisturbed! It’s perfect after a long, stressful day to unwind or after a flight or long train, bus or car ride. It can be beneficial when making a difficult life decision or dealing with a challenging relationship to give you the clarity you need.
To come out, take a stretch with arms overhead, and then hug the knees into the chest. Softly roll onto your most comfortable side and gently press up to a comfortable seat. Take a few deep breaths and notice how you feel before rushing back into life.
Carry this feeling of peace and relaxation with you the rest of the day.
*PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT if you have recently had a stroke, have glaucoma, a detached retina or any other injuries to the head and/or eyes.