Easy and Quick Yoga Poses for Stress Relief

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Easy and Quick Yoga Poses for Stress Relief
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Quick and Easy Yoga Poses for Stress Relief. Yoga is an ancient Indian practice involving many components, including physical postures, meditation, breathing exercises

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Quick and Easy Yoga Poses for Stress Relief
by Sareet Taylor, Ed.S., LMHC ph: 407-701-5414 sareet@mindandbodytherapy.com www.mindandbodytherapy.com So you’ve been curious about yoga, but haven’t yet found time to really explore it. Or perhaps you think it sounds kind of weird and "New Age-y". Yoga is an ancient Indian practice involving many components, including physical postures, meditation, breathing exercises, and much more, but you can take or leave as much as you like. The majority of people who get into yoga in the U.S. like it either because it helps them relax and relieve stress, or gives them a great workout, or both. I am going to lead you through a few simple, easy, relaxing poses here. It’s pretty hard to do yoga while you’re reading, so go ahead and read through this first, then try it, so you only have to refer to it now and again.

Deep breathing in a cross-legged position
To try some simple relaxation, pull up a comfortable piece of floor or carpet (you can always sit on a big pillow), and sit in a cross-legged position that is comfortable for you. Place your hands gentle on your knees and sit up tall, imagining a string pulling through the center of the top of your head up to the ceiling. If you can see yourself in a mirror, make sure you are not leaning forward. Now, squeeze your shoulders up by your ears, then roll them back and down. Finally, tuck your chin ever so slightly in toward your chest. From here, take some nice deep breaths. Once you’ve read through this and are familiar, you can close your eyes. With each inhale your stomach should puff out a little, and with each exhale it should contract in. Your shoulders should not be moving up and down (this leads to shallow breathing and tends to increase anxiety). Take at least 5 slow, deep breaths

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