10 Yoga Stretches for Stress Relief

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Lie Down and Relax

Knees to Chest

  • Lie on your back, bring your knees into your chest, and hug them.
  • If you like, you can gently rock from side to side.
  • Breathe deeply into your lower back and with each exhalation, allow your entire back to relax just a little bit more.
  • If this position hurts your knees, roll up two washcloths and place one behind each knee.

Legs-Up-the-Wall Staff Pose

  • Lie down with your buttocks at the wall (or at least as close as possible).
  • Extend your legs up the wall. Flex your toes toward you and work on getting your knees straight by extending the hamstrings.
  • Stay in this position for a minute or two, then go on to the next pose.

Legs-Up-The-Wall Wide-Angle Pose

  • Widen your legs. Go slowly -- you don't want to overstretch your inner thigh muscles.
  • You can place rolled-up blankets under your upper thighs to help support your legs. You will be able to stay in the pose longer this way.
  • Keep flexing your feet toward you and trying to straighten your knees. Use your hands, if necessary, to keep your thighs pressed against the wall.

Supported Chest Opener

  • Roll up a blanket or thick towel. Lie down with the roll placed under your upper middle back.
  • If you would like, use a pillow or a folded blanket under your head.
  • Close your eyes and relax. Stay in this position as long as you like.

Chair Corpse Pose

  • Lie on the floor with your calves on a chair seat.
  • Place a blanket under your head if you like.
  • Cover your eyes with a small towel or other soft piece of fabric, and insert earplugs if you wish.
  • With each exhalation, relax a little bit more. Stay in this position as long as you like; you may even fall asleep.

 

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