Tense after sitting all day hunched over a computer or textbook? Does the stress of schoolwork have you all tied up in knots? Can’t seem to get to sleep? Perhaps it’s time for some yoga!
If you’re not a seasoned yogi, don’t worry: below are three simple poses that even people brand new to yoga can try. These poses are great for winding down, relaxing, or preparing for sleep. For detailed instructions on how to do each pose, see our links to YogaJournal.com where step-by-step directions are provided.
Cat & Cow Poses (Marjaryasana and Bitilasana)
These two complimentary poses are almost always done together, as the cat pose stretches the back torso and the cow pose stretches the front torso. As you alternate between rounding and arching your back it’s as if you are giving your spine a nice massage.
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
As you fold your body in half, let your back and neck release – letting all of your tension fall to the floor. The standing forward bend helps to stretch your hips and hamstrings and strengthen your knees and thighs. This pose is said to be beneficial for digestion, sinusitis, insomnia, and more.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Feel your stress melt away as you sink into child’s pose. This gentle resting pose not only allows you to stretch out your hips, thighs and ankles, but also helps to release tension in your back and neck. Once you’re settled in this pose, you may find yourself wanting to stay for a while – and you should – just remember to take nice deep breaths along the way.
SPREAD THE HEALTH: For a quick study break or to wind down at the end of the day, try some gentle yoga poses as a way to relieve the tension that comes with a busy, stressful schedule.
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