Feeling a bit more anxious or stressed than usual? There can be many reasons why you’re feeling out of sorts and there are different tactics you can use to ease your mind. Keep reading to learn about a few yoga positions that can help keep you calm.
Wide Child’s Pose
Start on your mat, face down, on your hands and shins. Position your knees under your hips, your wrists under your shoulders, and separate your knees, so they’re on each side of your hips and spread apart. Once you’re in position, turn each side of your face to the floor and breathe deeply for 30 seconds.
Start with a plank (laying on your stomach on the mat) and place your forearms on the mat, making sure that your elbows are under your shoulders. Gently press your chest away from your hands, while rolling your shoulders away from your ears, and elongating your neck and hold for 30 seconds.
From the sphinx position, place your forearms back down on the mat and bring your knee forward between your hands, while bringing your chest back down toward the mat. Make sure your toes are pointed so that your legs stretch! Bring your head down, relax your torso, rest on your forearms and hold your position for 30 seconds, then switch to your other knee.
Sit down on your mat and stretch one leg out in front of you, while bending your other knee and bringing your foot in towards the other leg’s thigh (the sole of your foot should be touching your thigh). Fold your torso over and rest your hands on the floor on either side of your leg. Breathe deeply for 30 seconds and repeat on your other side.
Yoga and other exercises are already known to not only help you stay active and in shape, but also to help with mindfulness. These particular yoga positions do those things, and they can also help reduce your stress and anxiety levels to calm you down.
To your Balanced Health,
The Balanced Company