Stress is one of those facts of life that none of us are immune to. The truth is that a certain level of stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It means that the body is responding appropriately to physical and emotional stimuli.
Unfortunately, however, stress can build quickly to the point that you start to feel burned out. This is a signal that it’s time to slow down, take a deep breath and let it all go. This is also something that’s easier said than done.
When you’re looking for a way to relieve stress and heal from its effects on your body, yoga is the perfect solution. The good news is that there are yoga fixes for stress that can be done anywhere, with or without comfortable clothes and a yoga mat.
Here are three quick yoga fixes for when stress gets to be too much.
Focus on Your Breath
In yoga, we learn the importance of breath for life. Each move is in harmony with breath because it’s our lifeforce.
Focusing on your breathing is a simple, stress relieving solution that can be done anywhere at any time. It really doesn’t matter if you’re in your office or stuck in traffic, breathing is a quick fix that’s always accessible.
To focus on your breath, start by quieting your mind. If you’re in a chaotic environment this might be difficult, but you only need to do this briefly. Clear out that mental clutter and focus only on the breath entering and leaving your body.
Breathe in deeply, imagining clean, purifying air entering your body. Next, exhale fully while visualizing dark, heavy stress being cleansed away with each outward breath.
Repeat this until the tension starts to ease away, your mind clears, and you feel restored.
One of the most comforting positions in yoga is the child’s pose. While your coworker might look at you strange if you get down on the floor in the middle of a board meeting, child’s pose is one that requires little space, so it can easily be done behind a closed office door or outside on the grass.
Along with being comforting and soothing, which are great for relieving emotional tension, this pose also supports the physical relief of stress. When in position for this pose, you’re gently supporting your adrenal glands, which are hard at work when you’re overstressed. By soothing the adrenal glands, child’s pose helps you immediately feel calmer and centered.
This simple, calming yoga pose is one that can be done absolutely anywhere. With this pose, you simply sit up straight, as if a line is connecting the earth and the sky through the center of your body. If you’re able to sit on the ground in comfortable position, that’s great. If not, any chair or seat will do.
Next, just place your hands on your knees, making a circle of completion with each thumb and index finger. Now, just breathe in and out, letting each breath strengthen your body and connect you to the earth.
Repeating this for just a minute or two will not only relax you but also help you feel more grounded so you’re less susceptible to the stress that comes at you.
Regular yoga practice is one of the best ways to keep stress at bay. We offer a variety of yoga classes for all interests and levels. Contact Yogacorefit to learn more today.