How to Destress

How to Manage Stress with Yoga? A Few Handy Tips

Work-related stress causes a lot of physical and mental harm. Hence, to stay physically and mentally healthy it is best that you avoid work-related stress and use stress busting therapies and bring in some positive lifestyle changes to avoid stress. You can simply employ stress relieving yoga poses at work or home as well.
Take out a few minutes from your hectic work schedule and practice the following elementary yoga poses to de-stress your life.

A yoga pose to calm down your mind

Step 1: Sit on the floor while keeping your feet on the ground.
Step 2: Take a deep breath and relax your tongue, eyes and jaws. Relax your shoulders and take them all the way back to your ears.
Step 3: Relax by bringing your shoulder blades down to the original position.
Step 4: Do it again for at least ten times.

A yoga pose to ease the tension stored in your hips

Step 1: Stand erect, taking the help of either a desk, chair or simply the wall.
Step 2: Lift and bring your left ankle to your right knee.
Step 3: While breathing through your nose attempt to bend your right knee. Bend till the time you don't feel your hip releasing and your leg strengthening.
Step 4: Bend according to your body limit. Don't any further if your knees begin to hurt.
Step 5: Hold the most comfortable position for length of five to ten breaths.
Step 6: You may feel some leg strengthening as well as hip releasing.
Step 7: Come back to the original position. Repeat with the other side.

A yoga pose to strengthen the core of your body

Step 1: Sit comfortably on a chair. Your torso should be erect and you should be sitting comfortably on your sitting bones. Plant your feet firmly on the ground.
Step 2: Put your left hand on your right knee and your right hand behind you on your chair seat.
Step 3: Breathe in slowly and as you exhale out, twist your torso to your left. Do not attempt to twist it all the way. Go only to the extent of feeling comfortable.
Step 4: Remain in the position for the length of five breaths.
Step 5: Come back to the original position. Repeat with the other side.
A yoga pose to release the strain in your back, neck or/and shoulders

This pose is perfect for those who work on desktop computer, a laptop or BlackBerry, or do any type of work which involves long hours of sitting in one position.

Step 1: While balancing your body weight on your sitting bones, sit at the edge of your chair.
Step 2: Relax your toes and keep your feet firmly planted on the floor.
Step 3: Close your palms together. Ensure that the thumbs are pointing upwards.
Step 4: Take your arms towards the back. Do it till the time you do not feel a stretching in your chest.
Step 5: Hold the position for the length of four to five breaths.
Step 6: Come out of the pose and repeat it up to five times.