According to a research conducted by ICICI Lombard General Insurance, 74 percent of women and 80 percent of men live under stress because of overload of work and insufficient rest. Many lay awake at night due to stress. And to get relief from this stress, people are searching for newer ways like calming teas, sound therapy and spa treatments. However, one of the best ways to beat the stress is not new, but rather an ancient practice: Yoga. Practicing yoga lowers your blood pressure and relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is not only a great stress reliever but is also effective in releasing physical tension. Here is a list of yoga asanas that will help reduce stress and anxiety.(ALSO READ Yoga for glowing skin: 5 yoga poses for glowing, clear, fairer skin).Also Read - Best Foods That Boost Your Brain And Improve Brain Health| Watch Video To Know
1. Sukhasana (Easy pose)
Sukhasana will lengthen your spine and open your hips. It will help you calm down and eliminate anxiety. It will also reduce mental and physical exhaustion.
How to do it: Start by sitting down with your spine straight and legs extended in front of you. Now, bend your knees and bring you left foot under your right knee and your right foot under your left knee. Keep your palms on your knees. Align your head, neck and spine. Gaze ahead and pay attention to your breathing. Stay in this position for 60 seconds and then change the crossed legs. Also Read - Alzheimer’s Disease And Dementia: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnostic Tests And Treatment
2. Balasana (Child’s pose)
Balasana is beneficial for your lymphatic system and nervous system. It will calm your mind and release stress. It stretches your thighs, hips and ankles. It relieves neck and back pain.(ALSO READ 7 amazing health benefits of Yoga).
How to do it: Start by kneeling down and sitting on your heels. Now, bend forward till your chest touches your thighs. Let your hands rest on the side. Hold this position as long as possible and breathe deeply. Also Read - 6 Possible Reasons For The Unexpected Weight Gain, Nutritionist Explains
3. Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend)
Paschimottanasana will stretch your spine, hamstring and lower back. Apart from relieving stress, this pose will ease the symptoms of PMS, improves digestion, stimulated liver, reduce fatigue and relieves symptoms of menopause.
How to do it: Begin by sitting down with your feet extended forward. Now bend forward till your stomach touches your thighs. Hold your feet with your hands. Hold this position for 30 seconds and then return to the original position.(ALSO READ Best yoga poses for flat tummy: Practice these 5 yoga asanas to reduce belly fat).
4. Ananda Balasana (Happy baby pose)
Ananda Balasana will help calm you and get rid of fatigue and stress. It will gently stretch your spine and groin.
How to do it: Lie down on your back with your legs extended and arms on your side. Now, bend your knees towards your belly. Stretch your hands and hold your feet. Open your knees wide and stay in this position for 60 seconds.
5. Uttanasana (Standing forward bend)
Uttanasana will relieve mild depression and stress. It will calm your brain and stimulate your kidneys and liver. It will also strengthen your knees and stretch your hips, calves and hamstring.
How to do it: Stand straight and bend forward. Stretch your body to touch your palms to the ground. Straighten your legs for deeper stretch. Hold this position for three to four deep breaths and then return to the original position.
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