5 Yoga Poses for Stress Management

The daily grind of existence takes a toll on our physical and mental health. Due to today’s hectic lifestyle, there has been an increase in the prevalence of ailments such as mild depression, stress, and anxiety. Positive thinking, running, working out in the gym, meditation, and Yoga are some of the ways in which we can de-stress and live more fulfilling lives. In this article, we will be talking about 5 Yoga poses that can help in providing Management from stress.

Balasana or Child’s Pose

Balasana is a great option to get started with Yoga for stress Management. In Sanskrit, ‘Bal’ means child, and ‘Asana’ means pose or posture. In this asana, you need to kneel down and touch your toes. The knees should be wider than your hips, and both should be bent with the shins on the floor. The knees can be spread out in such a manner that the chest rests on them. Another way of doing this pose is by spreading the knees to such an extent that the chest rests between the knees.

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Virabhadrasana II, or Warrior II Pose

Stand straight with your arms beside you. Take an exhaled breath and move your feet at a distance of 4 feet apart. Raise you arms in such a manner that they are parallel to the ground and the palms are facing downwards. Turn your left foot by 90 degrees, while slightly moving the right foot. Now, firm your thigh in such a manner that the left knee cap and left ankle are in line with each other. Exhale and bend your left knee while keeping your thigh parallel to the ground and the knee above the ankle. Stay in the same position for some time, and then repeat the pose to the other side.

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Sukhasana or Easy Pose

Cross your legs and put each foot beneath the opposite knee while ensuring that there is some gap between the feet and the pelvis. Rest your hands (palms down) on the knee caps while keeping your back straight. Stay in this position while breathing with concentration.


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Marjariasana, or Cat Stretch

Marjariasana is another Yoga pose for relieving stress. It is also beneficial for the mobility of our vertebrae. Practicing this asana is very simple. Get on to your fours – your body should be supported by your hands and your legs. The arms should be perpendicular to the ground. Your thighs should be perpendicular to the ground whereas the part of your legs from knees to ankles should be aligned with the ground. After getting in this  position, inhale and raise your chin while raising the tailbone. Hold onto this position for some seconds. Do a counter movement – as you exhale drop the chin down while arching your back. Repeat this a few times.


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Shavasana or Corpse Pose

Lie on your back and spread your arms and legs in such a way that they are spread at an angle of 45 degrees. Close the eyes and take deep breaths. The idea is to be conscious about the fact that you are breathing and this is manifesting itself with your chest/abdomen rising and falling with each breath. You can practice this asana for about 10 minutes, and after slow inhalation, you can take a seated position.


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These were 5 Yoga poses for stress Management. We hope that with the help of these Yoga poses, you will be able to manage the stress that has become a part of our daily life.

Author Bio: Candy Evans is a contributor at BelmarraHealth. She is a fitness aficionado, and has been writing articles on health and fitness since she was 18. Candy believes in doing her bit to spread awareness about healthy living, and she does it through her writing, one article at a time!

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