Yoga encourages mental and physical relaxation, which helps reduce stress and anxiety. The physical postures promote flexibility, relieve tension, and alleviate pain.

Practicing yoga nidra also boosted mindfulness and reduced negative emotions. These benefits stayed the same at a follow-up 6 weeks later.

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Breathing exercises, known as pranayama in Sanskrit, teach you to relax, regulate your breath, and breathe deeply.

Yoga poses for stress relief

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You can get started with the following yoga poses to relieve stress.

Cat-Cow Pose (Marjaryasana to Bitilasana)

This pose allows you to connect your breath to your movements as you calm your mind and release stress. Allow your breath to guide each movement.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Child’s pose helps create an inward focus and restore energy. It also supports mental and physical relaxation.

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose provides deep relaxation while boosting lymph flow and circulation.

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