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Cultivating a gentle home yoga practice is an excellent way to move a little bit every day. Yoga is a great way to unwind and melt away anxiety and stress.

1. Child's Pose

Kneel on the ground and rest your belly on top of your thighs with your forehead resting on the ground. Place your arms at your sides with your palms facing up.

This pose works to release tension in the back, shoulders, neck, and chest, helping you get rid of built-up tension. Child's pose promotes calm and deeper breathing, relieving anxiety.

2. Cat/Cow Pose

On all fours, align your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Taking a deep breath in, pull your belly down and push your chest out and forward. When you exhale, round your back and pull your chin in towards your chest.

Flowing between these poses regulates circulation and stretches the spine, hips, neck, and core. Cat/Cow is great for reducing stress to create a feeling of calm and balance.

3. Seated Forward Fold

Sitting down with your legs out in front of you, inhale and straighten your spine. On the exhale, lean forward over your thighs and pull your belly in. Breathe deeply and let yourself settle into the pose.

Seated forward fold can help relieve mild depression and create calm. This pose is also good for people with digestion problems, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, or high blood pressure.

4. Extended Puppy Pose

Get on all fours and align your knees under your hips. Using active arms and hands, reach out in front of you and melt your heart and chest towards the ground with your hips still over your knees.

Extended Puppy Pose stretches the shoulders, spine, arms, hips, and upper back. Practice this pose to treat chronic stress and insomnia, calm the mind, and increase mental awareness.

5. Corpse Pose

Lay down facing the ceiling with your lower back as close to the mat as possible. Align your head between your shoulders with your nose pointing up. Keep your feet as wide as your mat and let them rest open gently. Palms are open at your sides. Take a few deep breaths in this posture.

Corpse pose helps relieve mild stress and depression, calms the mind, and relaxes the body. It also improves symptoms like headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and anxiety.


Beginning a yoga practice is an act of self-care that prioritises your emotional and physical needs. Taking at least 15 minutes a day to try out these yoga poses can have a huge impact on your mind and body health.

Always remember to practice within your comfort zone and modify poses if you need to.

  Posted: Tue Feb 7th 2017 3:04am  4 years ago

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