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5 Stress-Relieving Yoga Poses

by Rachel

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While maintaining a yoga practice can be a great way to reduce stress, stay in shape, and calm the mind, finding time to relax through yoga in the modern world is a growing problem. Here are five easy stress-relieving, relaxing and calming yoga positions for beginners and advanced yogis alike by Rachel, Escape Haven's retreat manager! As Geeta Iyengar said, when this body has been so magnificently and artistically created by God, it is only fitting that we should maintain it in good health and harmony by the most excellent and artistic science of yoga.

1) Child's pose (balasana)
  • Gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and fatigue
  • Calming and restorative
  • Focuses on the thighs but also is good at releasing back, shoulders, neck and hips
  • Normalizes circulation through the body
  • Relieves back and neck pain
  • Encourages strong and steady breathing
  • Calms the mind and body


Legs up the wall. Image: Escape Haven


2) Legs up wall (viparita karani)
  • Alleviates headaches
  • Boosts energy
  • Restorative and relaxing gentle inversion
  • Eases anxiety and stress
  • Therapeutic for arteritis, headaches, high blood pressure and insomnia
  • Relieves lower back pain
  • Eases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramps and menopause
  • Relieves tired or cramped feet and legs


Puppy pose. Image: Escape Haven


3) Puppy pose or heart-melting pose (uttana shishosana)
  • Calms mind and invigorates body
  • Relieves symptoms of chronic stress, tension and insomnia
  • Relieves tension in upper arms, shoulder and neck
  • Expands your chest
  • Improves flexibility in the spine
  • Stretches out abdominals
  • Stimulates back muscles
  • Opens hips and stretches hamstrings


Corpse pose. Image: Escape Haven


4) Corpse pose (savasana)
  • The ultimate relaxation pose!
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Relaxes the body
  • Reduces headache, fatigue and insomnia
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Helps rejuvenate the body and mind


Standing forward fold. Image: Escape Haven


5) Standing forward fold (uttanasana)
  • Gives a rejuvenating boost of oxygen as the head is below the heart, making the blood rush to the head
  • Reduces stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue
  • Stretches hips, hamstrings and calves
  • Calms the mind and soothes the nerves
  • Strengthens thighs and knees
  • Ceases symptoms of asthma, menopause, headaches, insomnia
  • Keeps spine strong and flexible

What yoga poses are your favourite? Comment below or share with us your stories, we would love to hear from you!

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