Feeling stressed out? Try this stress-relieving sequence and you’ll be on cloud nine in no time.
Savasana. We don’t usually reward ourselves with Savasana until the end of a sweaty Dharma class, but if you’re stressed then it’s crucial to take the time to understand what your body needs. Do a quick scan of your body and identify any areas that might need special attention.
Toe squats. Agony after a few minutes, but great for opening up the toes (which are often neglected). This pose doesn’t require much physical strength, just a willingness to let go and come back to your breath.
Cat/Cow pose. Warm up your spine with this pose. Gently arch your back up towards the ceiling and down towards the floor alternately, making sure to feel every vertebrae as you go.
Malasana. Sit in this squat to open up your hips gently. If your heels don’t touch the floor, prop them up with towels or blocks.
Anahatasana (Extended puppy pose/melting heart pose). This gentle heart opener is a great antidote to sitting at a desk all day and gets you warmed up for stronger heart openers.
Reclined supine twist on both sides. This is a great way to release any toxins in the body and flex out any stiffness left in the spine.
This gentle flow is a great way to wake up in the morning, or just chill out at night before bed.