Feeling Stressed? Try These 5 Yoga Poses For Better Overall Mental Health
Read on as we share step-by-step to most effective yoga poses that can help lower stress.
Paschimottanasana can help lower stress and boost overall health
Yoga has long been praised for its ability to reduce stress. In fact, research supports that assertion. According to studies, those who practice yoga report feeling more relaxed and less irritable. Yoga can also aid with mental health.
The mind-body technique assists in controlling the stress reaction, which results in physiological alterations in the body like lowered blood pressure, slowed heart rate, and increased airflow to the lungs, all of which aid in calming us down.
Yoga can be utilised in the present to reduce stress and help you develop resilience to better handle obstacles that arise when you're not exercising. Read on as we share step-by-step to most effective yoga poses that can help lower stress.
Here are yoga asanas that can help reduce stress:
- Get on your knees and hands (How you would imitate a four-legged animal)
- Lift your back upwards, forming a mountain-like structure
- While you do that, make sure you push your face inwards, looking at your own torso
- Now, push your back inwards, forming a 'U' position with your back
- While you do that, look toward the ceiling
- Repeat mountain motion with face inwards and then ‘U' structure with face upwards for a minute
- Sit straight in your legs straight in front of you
- In this position, your feet's soles should be facing front
- Slowly bring your torso closer to your legs and as far as possible
- You can use your hands to hold your feet, this may increase how far you can reach
- In this position, your stomach and chest are supposed to be touching your thighs
- Your face can be facing the front or towards the legs, whichever may be comfortable
- Hold this position for 10-20 seconds and sit back up
- You can repeat it a few times based on your convenience
- Stand straight
- Raise your arms the hold them straight toward the ceiling
- Now lift either one of your legs and place your feet on the other thigh
- You can rest your right foot on the left knee on the side or anywhere from that to the thigh
- Ideally, your foot should be as far up on your thigh as it can get
- Hold this position for 30 seconds and repeat 4-5 times minimum
4. Setu Bandhasana
- Put your feet firmly on the ground while lying down on your back with the knees bent
- Legs should remain hip-width apart at this point
- With the palms facing down, position your hands at your sides
- Inhale, then gently lift your hips off the floor while rolling your spine up
- Press your feet firmly into the ground
- To raise your hips higher, try to tighten your hips
- Return to your normal position after holding this position for 4–8 breaths
- Sit straight with your legs folded
- At this point, your feet are supposed to be facing upwards
- Now, slowly bend your torso forward on the floor
- At this point, your arms should be extending forward as well, as far as possible
- Your face should also be facing the floor as well as your palms
- Your calves, forehead, and palms should all be touching the ground in this position
- As it only stretches your body and is a resting pose, it provides comfort and relaxation
- Hold this position for 10-15 seconds and perform 4-5 sets daily.
Add these asanas to your daily workout routine for healthy mental and physical health.
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