Yoga Poses to Tackle Seasonal Stress
Daily Victories – Yoga Poses to Tackle Seasonal Stress
Calling athletes, action seekers, adventure reachers, sofa dwellers, and Saturday morning walkers. We have decided to share with you our favourite yoga poses to tackle seasonal stress. It is important during the colder, busier, more frantic months to keep active, and keep your heart young. Practising yoga is a wholesome and healthy way to do this. You don’t have to be incredibly fit or flexible to carry out the ones listed below. They will help you reduce stress and anxiety and open up the air channels.
Garudasana Pose – Eagle
This pose requires a high level of concentration and balance. Focusing on keeping your balance and not falling over will totally distract your mind from whatever was going on beforehand. Pick a non-moving point in front of you to focus on. The movement loosens up hip and shoulder tension. For a real tension buster, try and move your arms as far away from your face as possible. Tightness in the shoulders is a big tell-tale sign for emotional stresses, notice when this happens and stretch your shoulders and neck as often as you can. Remember to switch legs to feel the twist and reflection on both sides of the body.
Uttanasana – Standing Forward Bend
Uttanasana is superb for silencing a loud thought parade, centre your nervous system and spinal chord and even induce calm, free feelings The sacral chakra is utterly balanced in this posture which can lead to excessive emotional feelings and mood swings when its overstimulated. Although its a simple pose, it can feel almost childlike, simply allow yourselves to hang there and maybe sway side to side if it feels right. Remember your hands don’t have to touch your feet or the floor. Hold onto your elbows if you can’t get low enough and let your head hang – leaving zero tension in the neck. Never push your body to pain when practising yoga. Remember to breathe.
Adho mukha śvānāsana – Downward Dog
You’re essentially trying to turn your body into an upside down V- shape. Tilt your hips towards the ceiling and look up your thighs and as high toward your belly button as possible. Downward dog stretches the entire back line of the body and opens your shoulders. The motion of hanging your head upside down forces the blood to rush to your head and increases endorphins into the brain and aids in detoxification. Lastly, your lowered gaze in this pose centres you with the earth, unleashing a more spiritual and measured way of thinking.
It is important to remember not to feel competitive when it comes to yoga. All our bodies are different, our limitations are different, your arms may be longer than the lady in the splits at the front of the class, or your hips might be more flexible than the gentleman to your right struggling with his downward dog. Yoga makes you feel extraordinary. Embrace that feeling with the people around you.
The OMGTea Team x
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