Yoga for Stress Relief

Stress is an integral part of our lives, whether at home or at work. Stress is a reaction to our environment, when we are overwhelmed or feel incapable about handling a situation. A little stress is a good motivational to get something done or solve a problem. Constant and prolonged stress causes anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, eating disorders not to mention the more serious symptoms like hypertension. Here are some poses to help relief that stress when you need it:

Child’s Pose – This child-like pose is very relaxing as it gently stretches the back. This is the go-to pose when you need relief in the middle of your practice or the middle of the day. This restorative pose is a also beneficial to the nervous and lymphatic systems.

Child's Pose

Supported Bridge Pose – The gentle support offers relief from headaches, back aches, insomnia and supposedly aids high blood pressure as well.

Supported Bridge Pose

Standing Forward Bend – This pose allows the reversal of blood flow and it’s a great stretch for the hamstrings, thighs and hips. Holding this pose with bent knees offers relief from fatigue and mild depression.

Standing Forward Bend

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This post was written by Grace on September 11, 2014

Jalanhandra Bandha

Jalanhandra Bandha is the throat lock that regulates breath and energy to blood vessels and your neck. It is said to aid in sinus problems as well as well as the circulatory and respiratory systems. Is it performed in conjunction with breath exercises. To do Jalanhandra Bandha, sit cross-legged or with your bottom on your heels. Place palms up on your knees and inhale deeply, lower your chin to your neck while raising the sternum to meet your chin. Straighten your arms and pull your chin further back and hold as long as you can. On exiting, inhale some more and lift your chin, the exhale.

Jalanhandra Bandha

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This post was written by Grace on August 7, 2014

Uddiyana Bandha

Uddiyana BandhaUddiyana Bandha is the second of the inner lock in yoga. Uddiyana in Sanskrit means to ‘fly up’ or ‘rise up’. This suggests all your inner organs – the abdomen, the diaphragm and the stomach – moving up and rising toward your spine. In the abstract, it means moving your energy from your mula bandha upward.

To find Uddiyana Bandha, stand with feet hip distance apart. On an inhale, raise your arms by your ears and on exhale, through the mouth, fold and place your hands just above the knees. Without inhaling, straighten your arms and suction your stomach to your spine, concaving it up and back toward the back. Hold the pose as long as it comfortable before inhaling through your nose while straightening with arms again raised by your ears. Then exhale  through your nose to bring your arms down by your side.

Uddiyana Bandha massages the inner muscles of the lower back while it moves energy upward creating a feeling of lightness. This allows for lightness in movement and deeper twists. It aids in constipation and indigestion as it stimulates the digestive juices, increases your metabolic rate and tone those problematic abdominal muscles.

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This post was written by Grace on July 23, 2014