Life can be quite stressful. In fact, it is most of the time stressful. School, work, kids, you name it. All you would ever want is to not get up the bed in the morning, or take the night off the earliest. Sometimes, even when we are halfway through a task or even just started it, another one comes up. This is just the reality of the world we live in today.
But however busy or dragging your schedule is, exercising actually helps with your stress. But getting a gym membership or signing up for yoga classes can be expensive. But you don’t have to spend your savings or save what’s left of your salary for a few months to get a membership. You can do yoga in the comfort of your own home or just about anywhere without a mat.
Yoga has a myriad of poses. Here are some that you can do anywhere you want.
- Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Tree pose balances physical, emotional, and mental well-being. To do this, first, you need to ground your feet. Lift either of your foot and place the sole on the inner and upper part of the thigh. Find your balance. There are two things you can do with your hands. You can place them together like in prayer, or you can open your palms with your fingers pointing to the sky.
2. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Mountain pose is like mimicking the shape and outline of a mountain. To do this, stand with your heels slightly apart from each other. You can find your balance by rocking forward with your toes and rocking back with your heels. Hold your arms away from the body with your palms facing your sides or forward. Roll back your shoulders and elongate the neck. Imagine lengthening your tailbone to the ground and your neck to the sky. Don’t overstretch though.
3.Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
A chair pose is like sitting on a chair. It’s almost like a squat. This pose greatly helps with mental and physical strength. To do a chair pose, you need to start with a mountain pose. Inhale. When you exhale, bend the knees forward and raise your arms upward your palms facing each other. You can try bending parallel to the ground. If you can’t then there’s no worry. Relax your neck and shoulders but try to elongate the tailbone to the ground.
4. Standing Backbend (Anuvittasana)
This pose speaks for itself. The back bending that happens greatly helps with back pain. This pose opens up the chest which combats the unavoidable hunching we unintentionally do when sitting down. To do this pose, you will stand in a mountain pose but with your feet as wide apart as your hips. Put your hands on your lower back. Inhale deep and allow your ribcage to expand. Once you exhale, start arching your spine back gently. Don’t go too far down or you’ll hurt yourself. Find the arch you’re comfortable with.
Yoga not only addresses mental stress but also physical and emotional stress. If you are a newbie in yoga, you will need some yoga essentials.