5 Yoga Poses That Can Help Release Stress While You Work From Home


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With the new foreclosure situation, many of us are already stuck at home. Working from home has become the new norm in 2021. According to a study, 74% of women and 80% of men are living under stress due to overwork and insufficient rest. Many even stay awake at night due to stress. And to get relief from this stress, people are looking for new ways like soothing teas, sound therapy, and spa treatments. However, one of the best ways to beat stress isn’t new, but rather an old practice: yoga. Yoga has long been known to be a great antidote to stress. Yoga combines many popular stress reduction techniques, including exercise and learning to control breathing, clear the mind, and relax the body. As yoga becomes more and more popular, more and more people are discovering the benefits that this ancient practice brings to their stressful lives. Read on to know about these stress reduction poses for healthy living.

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Easy pose (Sukhasana)

Adding forward flexion increases exhalation, leading to the relaxation response.

Sit in Easy Pose with your shins crossed with your shin straight ahead. Enter a slight bend forward. Stay 5 breaths, then place the other shin in front. Put your hands on the floor, then straighten both legs in a standing forward bend.

Sarvangasana (shoulder support)

It is very important that the body is in inversion, to help better circulation of blood throughout the body. It also nourishes your brain with more blood, thus refreshing your mind from stress.

Lie down on the mat. Bend both knees and lift feet, hips and back off the floor. Use your hands to support your back. In the final position, your toes point towards the ceiling and the knees are straight. Stay in this pose for six seconds. Exhale, relax slowly.

Standing Forward Curve (Uttanasana)

Not only does forward bending increase exhalation, helping to relieve stress, it also turns us inward. In addition, with the arms behind the back, we release the tension in the shoulders. This pose also helps release the hamstrings, which can jam when you’re stuck in fight-or-flight mode.

When you are in a standing forward bend, use your thigh muscles to actively pull your kneecaps towards your hips. With your fingers intertwined and your arms behind your back, raise your arms any distance from your back. Hold for 5 breaths, then change the interlacing by putting the other index finger on top and stay for 5 more breaths.

Corpse Pose (Savasana) with blocks on the head

This variant of Savasana uses blocks on the head: one to stabilize and one that rests on the forehead to calm the mind. Helps cure insomnia, improves concentration levels, and relieves stress and anxiety.

Lie on your back, legs straight, heels slightly apart. Wiggle until you are comfortable, then place your arms along your torso with your palms facing up. If you’ve never done this before, you must try the blocks on your head to understand the depth of comfort and relaxation they bring.

Child pose (Balasana)

The child’s pose involves adopting a posture of rest, which calms the mind and reduces stress. It benefits your lymphatic and nervous systems.

Kneel on the mat with your legs together and sit on your heels. Lean forward until your chest is resting on your thighs and your forehead touches the floor. Bring your shoulders forward and place your hands in a resting position beside the feet, palms facing the roof. Hold the position for about five seconds.

Pro Tip – We spoke to Subodh Tiwari, CEO of Kaivalyadhama, which is one of the oldest scientific research institutes with deep roots in yoga traditions. He suggests, “Regular practice of pranayama Bhramari for ten minutes every day is the most beneficial for relieving stress. Our scientific research has shown that the practice of Bhramari produces nitric oxide which increases bronchodilation. The continuous vibrations created by Bhramari also slow down the breathing and heart rate, thus helping to relax and calm the mind.