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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


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

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HGG’s New Look + Healthy Living Link Love

HGG’s New Look + Healthy Living Link Love

I’ve learned one thing after 22 months of blogging – I don’t write for me. I write for you.

I wanted to make Hungry Gator Gal simpler and more user-friendly for you, so I changed the header, added new social media icons and simplified the color scheme. You’ll also notice the new ReciPage, which makes it easier for you to find, print and share my recipes with others. This ReciPage will soon replace the recipes page.

I need to upload more than 200 recipes and pictures to the ReciPage this week to finish the redesign, so I don’t have a new recipe or workout plan for you today.

Although I’m busy, I recently read a few healthy living articles I’d like to share. Just like Monday’s motivational documentaries, I hope the articles inspire you to adopt or stick with your healthy habits. Don’t forget to share the link love with your friends, family and followers too if you like an article.

Catch ya later alligators. 🙂

9 Fitspiration Posters Corrected from BuzzFeed

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How Yoga Changes Your Body, Starting The Day You Begin from Huffington Post

Secrets of the Extremely Fit from Huffington Post

 Weight Loss: You’ve Gotta Eat  from peerFit

How I (foam) roll + a video from The Fitnessista

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Photo from The Fitnessista


  1. What do you think of HGG’s new look? (Be honest! I appreciate all feedback. If it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t work for me.)
  2. What are some good articles you’ve read lately? 

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