Home Workouts: Five Yoga Moves To Help You De-Stress

Posted: April 30, 2015

Yoga has become really popular in the UK during the past few years and it’s not hard to see why. It’s pretty cheap to practice (all you need is a Yoga mat to get you going), you don’t have to do it in a gym (so you can avoid expert gym-goers judging your technique!) and it’s a great stress-buster. So why is Yoga such a great way to unwind? Well, apparently it’s all about the breathing. Yoga breathing uses deep breathing techniques in which you expand your diaphragm and abdomen, which increases oxygen flow around the body and, ultimately, helps you to feel more chilled out. So if you’re currently in need of a bit of TLC, why not sit back, brew yourself a lovely cup of Clipper green and try out some of these moves!

Downward Dog

This is one of the most popular yoga moves out there. The pose can form part of your overall yoga routine but if you haven’t got time for a full-on routine and can only grab five minutes in the day, then this is the move to try! To get into this position, start on your hands and knees, with your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Concentrate on your posture and maintain a strong, level back. Curl your toes under and press the balls of your feet to the ground, pushing yourself up to the ceiling to get into the inverted V position. Slowly push your heels to the floor, tuck your chest in and look at your feet. Maintain this position for 30 seconds before releasing. Repeat as many times as you fancy!

Cobra

Lie face down with the tops of your feet on the floor and your thumbs resting directly underneath your shoulders. Squeeze your glutes and push your hands to the floor as you raise your head and chest to face the space in front of you. You should feel a slight stretch in your back – hold the pose for around 30 seconds and repeat as many times as you like!

Warrior

We love this move! Stand with your legs 3 to 4 feet apart, turning your right foot out 90 degrees and bring your left foot in slightly. Bring your arms to your hips, relax and then slowly move your arms out to the side with your palms facing down. Bend your right knee slightly and focus your attention to the space in front of your right hand. Hold the post for a minute and try to avoid wobbling!

Legs up the Wall Pose

An absolutely great move for any beginner – laying flat on your back on the floor, position yourself next to a wall and rest your heels and legs against the wall. It’s as simple as that! The idea is to increase blood flow to your head so it’s a great move to try after a hectic day at the office.

Corpse Pose (Savasana)

Don’t let the name put you off… most yoga routines end with this move and it can seriously chill you out. The pose is designed to put your body at ease and in a total state of relaxation – sounds good to us! It couldn’t be a more simple move either – lie on your back with your arms and palms facing upwards and resting about 45 degrees from your body. Close your eyes and take slow, deep breaths through the nose. Focus in on any areas that feel particular tense and try to release and relax them. Stay in the pose for around 10-15 minutes, or until you fall asleep!

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