It’s no surprise that yoga is a great for stress relief but if you don’t want to commit to a full online class and aren’t yet ready to set foot in a studio or gym again, how can you take advantage of the stress-relieving benefits of yoga? Here are a few ways:
Twists are great for digestion (which usually takes a hit during stressful times) and they seem to simulate ‘wringing out’ the body like you would with a wet washcloth.
Yoga is both a strength and flexibility practice but slowing down our otherwise busy lives can benefit most of us quite a bit. Try holding stretches longer than usual and don’t be afraid to get a little uncomfortable as long as you’re not to the point of any pinching or pain.
3. Forward folds
Forward folds calm and cool the body so they are useful in the summer months and anytime you want to cool down the body, mental state or emotions.
Balance is two-fold with yoga. Actual balance poses help clear the mind but the fact that there are so many versions of yoga and that you can practice easy or advanced poses and do so at a slow or fast pace means yoga is the perfect balancing exercise. If you do a lot of challenging workouts, use yoga to recover and restore and if you are otherwise pretty sedentary, amp up your movement with yoga.
5. Breath work
You don’t have to do anything fancy to work on your breathing. Just a simple focus on the breath can work wonders and, as a bonus, you can count each breath or the length of your inhale and exhale. At that point, you’ll actually be practicing a simple meditation! If you want to learn more about the benefits of meditation, click here and if you want to learn how to start meditating, click here.