Stress is a huge factor during the summer. We consider it a time of relaxation, but it isn’t always what we plan for it to be – traveling, kids and grandkids off for the summer, and more opportunities to enjoy meals with friends and family seem to weasel there way into our agendas. Sometimes, when we’re feeling overwhelmed, we resort to food, but instead for reaching for an unhealthy snack, try reaching for your yoga mat! 15 minutes of yoga can make a huge difference in your stress level. Give it a try!

We’ve previously talked about how simple yoga poses can help alleviate bloat after a big meal. So now, let’s learn a few poses to help us combat stress.

01 Cat-Cow

Let’s begin with Cat-Cow. Pose with your knees and palms on the ground, so you’re on all four’s. Begin by arching your back as you inhale and rounding it as your exhale. If your knees are causing you some discomfort, try resting them on a folded towel. Take 5-10 breaths.

02 Child’s Pose

After completing Cat-Cow, bend your knees and rest your backside on your calves and feet, while keeping your arms outstretched. Place your forehead on the ground and stay here for 5-10 breaths.

03 Downward Facing Dog

Once you’ve completed your breaths in Child’s Pose, push up on your toes, so your body makes a bridge, with your backside in the air. Hold this for 5-10 slow breaths.

04 Forward Fold

Next, walk your hands back to your feet so you are standing, while folded over, with your hands on the ground. Remain here for 5-10 cleansing breaths.

Check out part 2 of Yoga for Stress Relief, here!

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