Yoga has been known to have many benefits. There are yoga poses to help with balance, flexibility, strength and ease stress. Yoga Instructor, Karla Rodas, believes that practicing yoga “teaches us how to slow down, stop, breathe and be present.”
The wonderful thing about yoga is that it’s something anyone can do regardless of age, body type or ability level.
Here are 5 easy Yoga Poses that can be done at home to slow down and reduce stress:
Breathing. Breathing is essential in yoga. Close your eyes and place your hands on your abdomen, inhale deeply and exhale, “the alternating rhythm of the inhalations and exhalations feels like a lullaby.“
Legs Up the Wall. Lay on your back with your legs up against a wall; your arms at your side, palms up.
Child’s Pose. Kneel on the floor and sit on your heels, stretch out your arms in front of you.
Butterfly. Sit with your feet/heels touching, knees open to the side and relaxed as much as possible.
Corpse Pose. Lay down flat on your back, arms out, palms up and legs relaxed.
While anyone can practice yoga, go at your own pace and comfort level. Yoga practice isn’t always about perfecting the pose or a 60 minute class, “it’s being conscious and present, breathing and observing,” say Rodas. “Yoga is a perfect blueprint for how to lead your life, with breath, purpose, intention and love.”