Stress is a killer. It increases the likelihood that you'll develop both physical (high blood pressure, ulcers) and emotional (depression) problems. We can't always avoid stress, but we can alleviate its effect on us.
Yoga is a healthy first step. Healthy breathing and gentle poses (also called postures) will alleviate the daily stress that builds up in your body. These relaxing positions relieve muscular tension and stimulate your body's immune system.
This common pose, used worldwide as a greeting, loosens and warms up your body.
*Each breath should be deep and slow. Fill and empty your lungs as much as possible without altering your position.
Wall Shoulder Stretch
Nowhere in your body is the stress more evident than in your neck and shoulders. After a day of sitting at the computer or in traffic, your upper body feels tight and shriveled up. Loosen it with this simple stretch.
Half Wall Hang
This posture can be done anytime. It relieves the tension in your jaw (great for those of us who clench our teeth when stressed) and in your lower back.
*Coming out of the pose too quickly could cause lightheadedness.
Enjoy the peaceful benefits of this simple posture, which offers deep rest while stretching the muscles along your spine. Let your troubles roll right off your back.
*If this hurts your knees, place padding between your heels and buttocks or beneath your forehead.
The savasana pose of relaxation is the traditional way to end every yoga session. This posture quiets the body, particularly your nervous system, and brings you to a restful state.
*If your back feels strained, simply place a folded towel beneath your knees.
Taking time to experience the rest and calm that come from the healing practice of restorative yoga will help reduce your stress levels, improving your overall health and well-being.
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