You are looking to find some positivity to get going on the first day of the week then look no further and try out these yoga poses that not only calms you down but can take away all your stress and anxiety.
Standing forward bend
How to do it: Reach tall and exhale forward, then bend knees enough to be able to place your palms on the floor, with head pressed against your legs. Be aware of your spine stretching in different directions as you pull your head down and in. For a deeper stretch, try to straighten the legs. Hold this pose for 6-8 breaths, then whilst inhaling, stretch arms outwards and raise them and your torso back to the standing position.
Benefits of this pose: It stretches hamstrings, thighs and hips. Also, effective for stress relief, fatigue and mild depression.
Soothes and stretches the lower back
Massages spine and relieves stress.
How to do it: Cat – Start on all fours, then while exhaling, round your back toward the ceiling and bring your navel up towards your spine. Bring back to the neutral position, of spine and head aligned. Cow – Inhale and tilt your pelvis back so that your tailbone sticks up. Keep your abdominal muscles hugging your spine by drawing your navel in.
Benefits of this pose: Soothes and stretches the lower back and massages spine and relieves stress.
Head to knee forward bend
How to do it: Sit straight with legs extended, bend left leg and bring the sole of your foot to the upper inside right thigh. Your left knee should rest on the floor. Put both palms on either side of right leg and inhale. Turn towards the extended leg and exhale while folding forward. Hold for 5-6 breaths and repeat the pose on the other side.
Benefits of this pose: It helps in relieving mild depression and anxiety. Calms the brain and helps with headaches and fatigue, even insomnia.
How to do it: Lie flat on back with legs close together but without touching, arms at sides with palms facing up. Let eyes and face soften and close eyes, while breathing deeply. Starting at the top of your head, bring your attention to each part of your body until you reach your toes. Hold this position for 4-5 minutes.
Benefits: Full body relaxation by putting body at ease. Slows breathing, lowers blood pressure and quietens the nervous system.