Did you know that YOGA can help with stress? Incorporating FLOW into your weekly workout routine could help you have fewer things to worry about and less stress/anxiety. If you want some specific moves that you can do throughout your day or at home before bed, check out the below to find out how you can help yourself destress through movement and breathing! SO COOL!
1. Eagle Pose
This pose works on balance, strength and flexibility. It will have you twisted up like a knot and holding on as hard as you can to not fall over. When you unwind, you’ll find that your mind and your body feel untangled.
2. Forward Fold
This pose helps to relieve tension in back/neck/shoulders which is often where we hold stress. By having your head below your heart, it creates a different blood flow through the body and sends oxygenated blood where the body needs it. It’s going to help with flexibility as it stretches the hamstring, but the best part is it calms the nervous system which destresses the body and mind.
3. Child’s Pose
Like the above this pose also calms the nervous system. Do your best to have your forehead resting on something, either a block, a towel, or the mat underneath you. It’s going to release tension in the back and hips which is again areas we can hold stressful energy and like many other yoga poses it promotes circulation, specifically to kidneys and adrenal glands.
4. Supta Baddha Konasana
This is an incredibly supportive pose because your body is held completely by the floor underneath. Pictured here are blocks under the knees which can help to allow the hips to open and let go. Since there is stress held in the hips and lower back this pose allows for the release of it because of the support beneath and your body can relax and let go.
Any of these poses could be done at the beginning, middle, or end of your day… TRY IT and don’t forget to use your BREATH!