Many people use breathing exercises, meditation or Yoga as therapies to reduce stress and anxiety accumulated from day to day.
Given the great effectiveness that Yoga has shown in reducing both physical and mental tension, we are going to teach you five Yoga asanas that you can practice to relax and feel better.
Baddha Konasana, or the Butterfly Pose
If you are looking for a pose that helps you focus on the present moment so that you can carry out breathing and meditation exercises, doing the butterfly pose may be a good idea.
Doing so will be as simple as trying to bring the soles of your feet together while sitting down, with the outer side of your thighs in contact with the ground. Once there, try to take a deep breath and clear your mind.
Utthita Trikonasana, or Extended Triangle Pose
The extended triangle pose is a highly recommended asana for beginners, as it does not require much body control and carries virtually no risk.
This posture redistributes blood flow and stretches certain muscle chains, helping to reduce tension and increase feelings of calm and relaxation.
Viparita Karani, or reverse gesture posture
The reverse gesture pose is one of the most effective asanas that you can resort to if you are looking to relax, especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet or if you suffer from circulation problems in your legs.
This posture can promote venous return from the legs to the heart, so that the blood can be properly oxygenated and redistributed again throughout the body.
Balasana, or child’s pose
If you suffer from an injury to the knee, hip or lower back, it is advisable that you refrain from carrying it out, but otherwise you will notice that it is a very relaxing position.
Bitilasana, or cow pose
Cow pose can help you get a deeper breath that relaxes and soothes you, and it can also help improve your posture if you tend to keep your shoulders and neck forward.
It is common to combine it with the cat posture, which allows activating and stretching the muscles that surround the spine, but it is a priority to connect breathing with movement.