During your journey through recovery, it’s important to fill your tool box with as many weapons in your arsenal, so that you make the most of your experience. Learning to count on only you and your surroundings to maintain your strength is relatively simple. We want you to have the ability to draw on any of the things that you can do without the help of anyone else. Here are a five great yoga poses that can help you in a time of stress to help you relax. The best part is you can do these poses anywhere. Let’s get started!
If you find that managing stress can be difficult, and anxiety is a constant state of mind, then these poses will help you. First make sure that you are wearing yoga friendly clothing. Loose comfortable shirts and pants. No jeans, no shoes, no tight fitting shirts. However, be sure to wear tops and bottoms that won’t be distracting from revealing too much skin.
Child’s Pose: Kneel on floor, then sit with you buttocks on your heels. Bend at the waist and meet the ground with your forehead. Lay your arms by your side with your hands behind your feet or on them. Your chest should be resting on your thighs. Take a deep breath and exhale. Close your eyes gently and focus on your breathing. This helps to calm the central nervous system and relieves strain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back.
Extended Puppy Pose: This time kneel with hands out in front of you and keeping your glutes pointing to the sky. Knees should be bent and directly under the buttocks. Feet flat with toes on the ground. While in the doggie position slowly extend by walking hands out in front of you, and laying arms flat on the ground while stretching arms and fingers as far as you can go without raising them. This position will help to strengthen the spine and release any tension in your back.
Seated Forward Bend: Sit on the floor with feet and legs extended all the way in front of you. Take your head down and rest your forehead on your knees while hugging your body. Wrap your wrists around your feet that should be extended toward the ceiling with legs flat on ground. This is a great pose for people who experience severe migraines and headaches.
Tree Pose: Stand with fit together and arms to you side. With arms and hands in prayer position, slowly slide your foot up to rest on the inner thigh. Hold this pose for up to 5 minutes then switch legs. This is a difficult move to master because it requires balance and strength. Once you have achieved this physical balance you will feel a strong sense of confidence.
Warrior Pose: Stand with feet together and arms to your side. Slowly raise your left leg and extend it out behind you lifting as high as you can but not past your glutes. With your arms extended directly in front of you, keep your face down and your shoulders resting on your ears. This pose allows both mental and emotional balance and is a real challenge at first. Once you’ve got it down it will increase your strength and endurance.
Each one of these poses will help you develop strong mechanisms for you to chase anxiety and stress away. Take it one day at a time and don’t expect to master each pose immediately. As your ability to implement these exercises increases, the advancement will help you have a clear mind. The best part is, you don’t need a yoga mat, a gym or a large space. All you need is you! Namaste.