Having some simple yoga poses in your tool box can be an effective way to keep you grounded and calm your mind and body. And best of all, they can be done at home.
In its new guidelines for how to deal with anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Harvard Medical School said yoga, meditation, and controlled breathing are “tried and true” ways to relax. Yoga in particular is a “natural anxiety relief,” and regular practice “can reduce the impact of exaggerated stress responses,” the school notes.
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When the mind races with anxious thoughts the body tends to hold on to tension, but when we choose to focus on our breath and movement in yoga, we practice quieting the mind and are more easily able to let go.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite and easy-to-do-at-home yoga poses below to ease anxiety and stress (it’s a great idea to check in with a health professional if you’re new to the practice to be aware of contraindications).
Use a yoga mat if you have one or a blanket or towel on your floor — just be mindful of slipping if you don’t have a grippy surface. Yoga props are also a lovely addition to your practice but can be replaced in a pinch with household items such as a stack of thick blankets, couch cushions, or sturdy pillows.
Probably the most important of all the asana (yoga poses), but often overlooked in its subtlety,...