Take a few minutes out of your busy day to relieve a little stress with these super simple moves.
First, take 3-5 deep breaths, more if you have time. The slower and more controlled, focusing on the breath the better.
Do a Downward Facing Dog. This pose is an inversion allowing blood to move toward the brain. On the floor with hands(under the shoulders) and knees(slightly behind the hips), bring the hands shoulder width apart and the feet hips width apart. Tuck your toes, lift your hips and make a triangle with your body and the floor. Hold this pose for 5 deep breaths.
Put your legs up the wall or on a couch. Lie down and lift your legs on top of a couch or chair so the calves are resting on the seat. Lay your arms by your side palms facing up. You can put your legs up the wall as a more advanced version of this restorative pose. Cover your eyes with an eye pillow and rest for 10-20 minutes. This is really rejuvenating and will reduce your stress as long as you keep your mind quiet and free from distractions. It’s okay to play some soft, soothing music if that helps.
Compliments of yoga instructor Lisa Kneller.