Easy Yoga for Stress by Sue Fuller5 Yoga Postures to Reduce Stress by Sue Fuller

Stress, too much of it can be detrimental to health, relationships and productivity.  Yoga can help you achieve and maintain a healthy balance. 

Try these 5 easy yoga postures to help bring back the balance.

Majaryasana - Cat - Yoga Posture

 

Majaryasana (cat)

This posture is fantastic to help relieve stress, often when feeling stressed stillness can be challenging.  As this posture involves movement it can help to calm a restless mind without requiring the body to be still.

Begin on all fours with your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.  Exhale and as you do so look through your legs and round your spine up towards the ceiling.  As you do so draw up the lower abdominal muscles and pull your navel towards your spine. When you inhale lengthen your torso moving through your starting position and then tilt your pelvis up and lift your chest and head.  Continue to roll through cat coordinating your breath to you movement for ten or more complete breaths.

 

Utthita Balasana - Extended Pose of the ChildUtthita Balasana (extended child)

This posture helps to still the mind and allows the body to rest.

From Cat release your bottom back onto your heels and slowly extend the arms in front of you, release your forearms and relax your forehead to the ground.  Remain in this posture breathing slowly in and out through the nose for at least twenty complete breaths.  Watch your breath and become aware of all of the movement through the back of your rib cage as you breathe slowly.

 

Spinal Twist - Jathara Parivartanasana - Yoga PostureJathara Parivrttasana (spinal twist)

This posture helps to relieve muscular tension in the lower back and is extremely nurturing.

Begin laying on your back with your knees bent, your arms out level with your shoulders and your palms facing up. Inhale and as you exhale let your knees fall to the right and turn your head to the left. As you inhale lift your knees up in the centre and as you exhale allow the knees to fall to the left and turn your head to the right. Continue like this for at least ten complete breaths working both sides equally.

 

 

Apanasana - Wind Releiving - Yoga PostureApanasana (wind relieving posture)

This is another soothing and releasing yoga posture.  It can ease abdominal discomfort, relieve trapped wind, enhance digestion and release tension in the lower back.

Lie on your back and gently draw your knees in towards your chest.  Lightly hold onto your knees or shins.  Breathe slowly through your nose and feel your inhalation move up your spine and your exhalation move down your spine and out through your pelvis.  Remain here for thirty complete breaths.

 

 

Savasana - The Corpse - Yoga PostureSavasana (the corpse)

On the completion of the above postures lay on your back, extend your arms alongside your body and legs along the ground.  Breathe slowly and remain here for as long as is required.

 

Sue Fuller is the creator of the Yoga 2 Hear range of audio yoga classes.  Sue has a range of over 60 different audio yoga classes available on CD or MP3, the range includes Easy Yoga for Stress and other audio yoga classes for the absolute beginner right through to strong classes for more advanced yoga practitioners.  Sue is a columnist for the Yoga Magazine and a regular writer for Natural Health, she is also a course author for The British School of Yoga.