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How to banish Stress in 5 minutes

by Yvonne Napier 20 Sep 2021 0 Comments

The back-to-school season is always stressful and chaotic especially now, with parents worrying about how the Delta variant will affect kids. During this overwhelming time, we’re here to help you find balance and alleviate stress. Everyday stress doesn’t stand a chance against this quick yoga sequence.

Here is the 5-minute Yoga Sequence for Stress relief:

Start by finding a quiet place or room.

Step 1: Sit on the floor with your legs extended and spine elongated, bend your right knee and hug it to your chest. Gently place your right ankle on your left thigh so the sole of your right foot faces the sky. Now, progress towards folding the left leg and placing it over the right thigh. If you are not very flexible, you can also sit on a chair.

Step 2: Close your eyes, focus on your breath, Gently, inhale inflating your stomach and focus on your lower abdomen, Now exhale gently before your chest starts to fill with air and relax your stomach. Practice this diaphragmatic breathing technique for 2 minutes with your eyes closed.  When you are stressed, you tend to shallow breathe, which makes it difficult to relax, this technique will deepen your breath while inducing a calming sensation as you sit in the lotus pose which is a meditative posture.

Step 3: Gently open your eyes and release the lotus pose, transition into a kneeling posture, and sit down in Vajrasana, slowly widen the gap between your knees and allow your big toes to touch each other (knees slightly apart, big toes together). Sit up straight, lengthen your spine, inhale and raise your hands upward to the sky and stretch up high, now exhaling gently fold forward by resting your chest on your thighs and knees, with your forehead resting on the mat and your arms extended beside your ears with palms facing down on the mat. Maintain this posture for one minute, breathe slowly and normally. Surrender all your stress and worries to the earth and feel them leave your body as you start to feel refreshed.

Step 4: Open your eyes and return to a seated posture, now taking support of your left hand, turn to your side and lie down on your back, in Savasana pose. Make sure your feet are apart, your palms lie beside you facing upward and close your eyes, breathe normally. Lie in this corpse pose for 2 minutes. If your mind won't stop chattering, try the basic meditation techniques of noticing your thoughts, labeling them as thinking, and then letting them go. Savasana will help quieten the mind, energize you for the rest of the day and reduce fatigue, stress and anxiety.

Practice this 5-minute sequence anytime to instantly relax and calm your mind. Use these yoga poses for stress management and to restore energy naturally. But always listen to your body and take it slow if you need to. We’ve created a collection of workout sets that’ll inspire you onto your mat, we recommend practicing this 5-minute yoga flow in the Yoga Light Support One Shoulder Sports Bra paired with the Full Length High Rise Nylon Leggings, this matching set will provide the best support for your workout while ensuring you look your best at all times!  

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