The word “Stress” is becoming an essential part of our every day’s cycle. No matter what age group you are, you will probably get stressed out from studying, work, traffic, family problems, personal issue etc. The list goes on. What to find a way to relieve the stress and get the negative energy out of your system. The answer is simply: Yoga
Practicing Yoga is all about breathing techniques, energy boosters and Mind and Body control. Managing to combine the control over the mind and the body, you can achieve inner peace, calmness and control over your reactions, anger and stress. When you are in a calm state and in a relaxed mood, you’re in control of your thoughts and could solve the hardest problems.
Yoga exercise and postures are recommended for individuals who suffer from stress and depression. The energy Boosters releases the tension in the muscles as well as improves the blood circulation. Deep breathing combined with stretching increase the oxygen to reach out to all your body cell and muscles which helps with the healing process and promotes positive energy.
Let me show you a few postures that would help you release the stress. Try to hold each posture for at least 20 sec while inhaling and exhaling deeply.
The Easy Pose
Usually before starting your Yoga routine, you should start with the Easy Pose; by closing your eyes and starting to inhale and exhale deeply. This pose will be your transitions from you the outside world into turning off and focusing only on your breathing and channeling your mind into a calm state. The Easy Pose promotes groundedness and inner calm, such as: opens your hips, lengthens your spine, amplifies the state of serenity, tranquility, and eliminates anxiety, relieves physical and mental exhaustion and tiredness. Focus on your breath in this pose and sit still with a straight spine for at least 60 seconds.
The Forward stretch
In a standing position, bring your legs as wide as you can while keeping your legs straight. Keep your back flat from the neck to the tail bone and extend your spine as far as you can while keeping your abdominal muscles tight. As you push your arms back and out, you will open your chest and also release the tightness in your neck, shoulder and upper back. While holding this position, try to focus on one point on the ground to maintain balance and focus.
Stretching forward lengthen the spine, opens the hip flexors and tones up your leg muscles. It also calms the nervous system. The other benefit of the Forward stretch is that it improves your balance and your core strength.
Head to knee forward bend
A forward bend for all levels of students, it is also a spinal twist and it improves the spine flexibility.. This pose calms the brain and helps relieve back pain, fatigue, headache, menstrual discomfort and insomnia. It also releases any stiffness in the lower back, neck and shoulders and helps build muscles so you could sit and stand tall. Hold this posture while breathing deeply to increase blood flow, therefore boosts your energy. When you start to twist, try to reach out as far as you can. You can do this pose with both arms reaching for the extended foot, or by rotating your torso sideways and extending the outer arm over your head.
Child’s Pose is a great pose to stretch your entire back and arms.Try sitting on the knees and bending forward with arms forward or by your side. Resting your forehead on the ground in this pose will help to relieve additional anxiety. It is a restful pose that can be put in the middle of challenging yoga postures to ‘take a break’.