Stressed AF 5 Yoga Poses to Get You Through Your Day

Life can be overwhelming at times, am I right? The world itself is enough to drive you crazy with things like global warming. Not to mention all the personal baggage we tend to carry ourselves. The list could go on and on….
Even that mundane 9 to 5 life can be hard. Being chained to a desk in an office every day, you know, you ‘just barely get by’, only taking, not giving! …….. Eight hours a day, bending over, clicking away at the keyboard, surreptitiously craning her neck , back and forth, as you check your Facebook and personal emails for the 15th time.” It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it” – not to mention, it’s enough to make your body tense up and stress your mind out! We all deal with stress in our own way, but a simple and powerful way to relax the mind and body is yoga.
Read on for some simple tips on how to incorporate yoga into your daily routine – even if it’s at the office.
How do you do yoga?
It begins with the mind. Part of yogic philosophy is the observance of ahimsa (non-violence), parigraha (non-attachment) and the santosha (contentment). When it comes to stress management, this can mean self-reflection with kind and non-judgmental thoughts about yourself, letting go of negative thinking and emotions and find peace with things as they are. Think of it this way. If you create a space for positivity, then positivity will find you.
For the body. Try these five simple yoga poses to help you relax physically and mentally. Oh, and the best part? These poses can be done anywhere – and unobtrusively. (Desk yoga, anyone?)
It’s not a “pose” per se, but it’s critical if you want to de-stress – and it works! Your breath is your life force, and you’re unconsciously doing this to survive. Break your unconscious breathing patterns and bring awareness to your breath to help shift the energy of stress. Breathe deeply and steadily to slow your racing brain down and find a sense of calm.
Being aware of your breathing also helps to draw you into the present moment. Many stressful thoughts in life can come from living in the past or worrying about the future, but when you allow yourself to be in the present moment, you You may find your mind more free. I like to tell my yoga students this. The present moment is the only thing we have control over, because the past is the past and the future doesn’t exist yet, and the present moment is the most open we can be to joy!
Try this Ujjayi Breath (Breath of Victory)
It’s good for your peace of mind.
Helps slow down the heart rate
Take a deep breath through your nose. Fill your lungs and feel your ribs expand.
Close your lips and gently constrict the back of your throat (imagine how your throat feels when you fog a window with your breath).
Take a long breath out of your nose and make the sound of the ocean with your breath. (Think Darth Vader from “Star Wars.”)
Eagle Arms
Stretches the upper back and shoulders.
Helps to improve posture.
Take a deep breath, lengthen your spine, and sit up high.
● Then, exhale and swing your right arm under your left hand, crossing your elbow and wrist.
● Press your palms together, or hook your right fingers over your left thumb.
● Continue to breathe, slowly aligning your elbows with your shoulders.
● Hold for a few seconds, release and repeat on the other side.
For a deeper stretch. Comfortably raise your elbows toward the ceiling and push your forearms forward.
Modifications. Grab your shoulders with your opposite hand as if you’re giving yourself a big hug!
Pigeon Sitting
Stretch the inner and outer hips.
Lengthens the hip flexors.
Helps to improve hip mobility.
● Take your right foot and cross your ankle over your left thigh, just above your knee.
● Your right knee is bent at a 90-degree angle.
● Take a deep breath, lengthen your spine, and sit up high.
● Continue to breathe and hold this position for a few seconds.
● Relax and repeat on the other side.
For a deeper stretch. Slowly lean forward and place your chest on your knees.
chest expansion
Stretch the muscles of the upper back, arms, shoulders and chest.
Release tension in your shoulders and neck.
Opens and expands the chest to help you breathe.
Interlace your fingers behind your back (palms together) and extend your arms.
● Take a deep breath and gently pull your hands down and away from your back.
● Arch your back and lift your chest.
● Continue to breathe and slowly tilt your head back and sway it from side to side.
● Hold for a few seconds, then let go.
Ragdoll pose
Stretches the hamstrings and muscles at the back of the body.
Helps to release tension in the lower back.
Relaxes your mind and nervous system.
●Place your feet hip-width apart and bend your knees slightly. Take a deep breath.
● Exhale and hinge from the hips, hanging your torso over your thighs.
● Relax your neck down and gaze backward.
● Grab the opposite elbow. (You may choose to sway left or right).
● Continue to breathe and hold this position for a few seconds.
● Then slowly turn over to stand.