Nicole Siegel, owner of Wonder Yoga shares 5 ways to calm the mind and de-stress with yoga:
You’re Busy; it always feels like there is something that needs to get done. Can you spare five minutes? Slowing down is one of the most shamed practices in this era of ultra productivity- but dare to try for one moment.
Try taking one deep breath, all the way into the bottom of your belly and let it go. Feel a little better? Ok, now try one more. See! It’s kind of nice, isn’t it?
Stopping everything to breathe is a necessary act of self-nourishment; when you slow down, profound shifts occur in your body and mind. If you wish to take this a step further, here are a few grounding poses I encourage you to try;
As you come into each pose, slow your breath. Bring awareness to where you’re holding tension and notice where you can soften. Stay as long as you’d like.
Child’s Pose/ Balasana
Come on to your hands and knees, bring your big toes toward one another at the back of your mat. If it feels good in your body, take your knees a little bit wider than your hips. Press your hips back toward your heels. Start to walk your hands forward as you lower your forehead and chest toward the ground. If your forehead doesn’t meet the ground, invite a pillow underneath your head.
Legs-Up-The-Wall/ Viparita Karani
Lie on your back and draw your knees into your chest. Lift the soles of your feet toward the sky or slide your feet up a wall. Keep a soft blend in your knees, your feet 2 inches apart and your heels in line with your sitting bones. Relax your arms to your sides.
Seated Forward Fold/ Paschimottanasana
Come into a seat with your legs extended out in front of you. Press actively into your heels, maintain a soft bed in your knees. Inhale and reach your arms up to the sky. Exhale, fold forward from your hip creases, reach for your feet, ankles, shin bones or let your arms rest comfortably at your side with our palms facing up. Lengthen your spine on an inhale and let it round on the exhale.
Supported Bridge Pose/ Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Fold a blanket and place it off to the side. Lie on your back. Bend your knees. Press into your feet and lift your low back and your mid back. Slide the blanket underneath your low back and let your low back (more backside than lumbar spine) come to rest.
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