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Yoga For Stress


Good Morning my Fitnessfashionistas,

Not sure about you but last week was a emotional roller coaster for me.  So with the desperate need to pull myself together  I turned to my 4  favorite easy relaxing  yoga poses .

1. Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose is one of the most relaxing poses that also encourages better blood flow towards your brain. Sit on your knees that are spaced shoulder-width apart. Take a deep breath and lower your torso down towards your thighs, extending your arms forward. Rest your forehead to the mat and breathe deeply. You can keep your hands forward or move them to your sides.

2.Half Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

Benefits: A lot of emotional stress can be held in the hips. By performing a hip opener like this pose, you can help to release some of that stress and, in confronting those emotions, alleviate stress.
Start on your hands and knees in a neutral position. Bring one of your legs forward and put your shin parallel to the front edge of your mat and flex your foot. If that isn’t possible, bring your knee forward but let your leg stay at an angle—but point your toes instead of flexing your foot. Stretch your back leg out behind you, extending your toes towards the back of your mat. You can use your fingers on the mat in front of you for support and sit up straight, opening your chest.

3. Camel

: (1) A classic backbend that increases spinal flexibility, Camel also works your core muscles and opens tight shoulders. (2) Stand on the shins with the knees hips-width distance apart. (3) Lean back, and place your hands on your heels, arching back, and allowing the head to fall between the shoulder blades. (4) Continue to press the hips forward to engage the abs, thighs, and tush, enjoying this pose for five breaths.

4.Tree Pose (Vrikasana)

Benefits: This pose can increase self-confidence as physical balance improves and by creating physical balance, the same can be mirrored mentally and emotionally.
How to Do It: Begin by standing at the front of your mat with your feet together. Ground your balance into your left foot and slowly fold your right knee. Bring the sole of your right foot to either your calf or your inner thigh, depending on your ability. Just be sure to avoid putting your foot on your knee as that can cause injury to your knee. Once you have your balance, bring your hands together in front of your heart in prayer position. From there, bring your heart forward and lift your hands above your head, creating branches with your arms. Repeat on the other side.

- XOXO, Wasidah


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