Best Yoga Stretches for Stress Relief

Best Yoga Stretches for Stress Relief

If you’re a student like me, the 33 Stages of Finals Week article on BuzzFeed pretty much describes your life right now. If you’re not in school, I’m sure the holidays in general are stressing you out.

Regardless of age, everyone should have a way to relieve stress. When I was in high school, I let the anxiety build up inside until I’d start crying. Not exactly the best way to cope if you ask me.

Since then, I’ve learned exercise is a great stress reliever, especially yoga. It allows me to stretch it out while clearing my mind, even if only for a few minutes of the day.


From the Keep Calm-O-Matic

I’ve been practicing for seven months and generally attend one group class per week. I’m so addicted at this point that I can feel tension building in my neck, lower back and hamstrings when I skip a week.

Anyway, I highly suggest you try a power yoga or vinyasa yoga class if you’re looking for a way to unplug. Seriously. Watching Netflix and staring at computer and phone screens all day will only make you more stressed.

Below you’ll find a list of my favorite yoga poses for stress relief. If you attend a class, ask the instructor to include the pose in your practice. If you can’t attend a class, simply do the poses individually or in a sequence on your own.

Click on the title of each pose to see how to perform the pose and learn what muscle(s) it stretches. Also, check out this complete guide to starting yoga from So Much Yoga if you’re brand new to practicing. Enjoy!

P.S. In case you’re wondering, my mental state is at No. 23 on the BuzzFeed article. 😉

Easy Pose with Neck Stretch 

Seated Spinal Twist 

Downward Facing Dog

Cat Pose

Pigeon Pose Fold 

Standing Forward Bend/Fold

Child’s Pose

Questions:

  1. Do you practice yoga?
  2. What’s your favorite yoga pose?

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