#HealthBytes: yoga poses to help relax your stressed mind

Last updated on
June 25, 2021, 12:47 AM

Try these yoga asanas for a relaxed mind

It can be quite annoying to watch yogis twist and turn their bodies with such ease while reaping the benefits.

But guess what? Yoga is for beginners as well as for pros.

Today’s fast-paced world has many stressors that cause anxiety and tension.

Regularly practicing these simple yoga asanas will help calm and relax your mind.

Sukhasana or the easy pose

Sukhasana or the easy pose

Sukhasana means sitting in a comfortable position while watching your breathing.

First, sit up straight in a cross-legged position, with a straight spine, and with your hands resting on each knee.

Relax your feet, hips, and thighs.

Now, with a soft focus or closing your eyes, feel your breaths. Inhale calmly and exhale, concentrating on your breathing.

Marjaryasana and bitilasana or the pose of the cat and the cow

Marjaryasana and bitilasana or the pose of the cat and the cow

The cat and cow pose is paired and stretches the body.

Begin in a tabletop position with shoulders in line with the wrist and hips in line with the knees.

Cow pose: Inhale and lift your chin and chest upward. Tighten your stomach and butt muscles.

Cat posture: As you breathe out, bring your chin to your chest. Relax your stomach and buttocks.

Repeat this three to five times.

Uttanasana or the standing bend forward

Uttanasana or the standing bend forward

Stand up straight with your hands on your hips. Inhale.

As you exhale, slowly lean forward, pushing your hips and tailbone back. Bend your knees to avoid injuring yourself.

Your chest and stomach should be in front of your thighs and your hands on the floor, next to your feet. Hold this posture.

Now inhale and place your hands on the hips and slowly lift up.

Balasana or the child’s pose

Balasana or the child's pose

Kneel on the floor. Sit on your heels with your big toes touching.

Keep your knees hip-width apart. Inhale.

As you exhale, lean forward and lower your forehead to the floor.

Place your arms in front of you with the palms facing down. Inhale and pull your stomach inward.

Hold this posture.

Exhale and slowly return to a sitting position. Relax.

Tadasana or the mountain pose

Stand with your feet together.

Stretch both of your arms forward. Lock your fingers and turn the wrist outward.

Without bending over, raise your arms directly above your head.

Now slowly raise your heels and balance yourself on your toes.

Hold this position for up to 20 seconds.

Bring your heels back to the floor.

Release the lock and return your hands to the side.

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