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Best Stress-Relieving Yoga Poses

While stress relief is often one of the first things you think of when you think of yoga, the truth is that while more athletic forms of yoga are awesome for getting out tension, there are certain poses that are better for cultivating relaxation and helping you get your zen on.  The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, roll out your mat and practice these poses to help soothe tense muscles and calm your mind.


Child’s Pose

Child’s pose is a restful pose that you can always come back to in your practice and is also great for stretching out the hips and low back and soothing the digestive system.  Being kneeling on the floor, knees about shoulder-width apart. Exhale as you stretch back, resting back on your thighs and letting your shoulders relax.  If you are particularly tense throughout the upper back and neck, use a bolster or folded blanket to rest your torso and forehead on.  Begin holding the pose for about 30 seconds, and gradually progress.

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Yoga Poses to Try for National Yoga Month

Did you know September is National Yoga Month?  That means it’s as good a time as any to channel your inner yogi and reap benefits like greater flexibility, improved strength and a boost in mood.  We’ve put together a collection of some of our favorite yoga moves, so you can try them out whenever the urge strikes!


Warrior II

There’s good reason the Warrior II is a yoga classic.  This pose is excellent for strengthening your legs, opening your lungs and leaving you feeling powerful.  For this pose, begin in mountain pose and float your right leg over about 3 1/2 to 4 feet away from the left.  Keeping your toes parallel to the front of your mat, bend your front leg to 90 degrees, extending your arms with palms facing down.  Keep your gaze centered over your middle finger.  Repeat on the other side.

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