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5 Yoga Poses For Dealing With Life's Struggles

5 Yoga Poses For Dealing With Life's Struggles

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5 yoga poses for dealing with life struggles

It’s well known that yoga is more than just a workout style. When done the right way, it can help you develop strength, increase flexibility and calm the mind. Even if you don’t have time to get to a class, there are moves you can do at home. We’ve put together a couple of poses that can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable.

A sore back

Loosen up your back muscles and find a bit of relief from a sore back by moving between these two gentle poses.

Cat / Cow

Cat pose

Cow pose

Start with hands and knees on your mat, wrists positioned under your shoulders and knees in place under your hips. Engage your core and exhale, arching your back to bring your spine up and let your neck relax. As you inhale, press your shoulder blades back, lift your head and pull your spine in (as though you were sticking your butt in the air!). Move between each pose, holding for just a few seconds each time.

Stretching tight hamstrings

In addition to stretching out tight hamstrings, this pose can help to open the shoulders and lengthen the spine.

Downward-Facing Dog

Downward facing dog

Starting on your hands and knees, tuck your toes and begin to lift your hips, lengthening your spine. Keep your arms strong and your hands flat against the mat as you bend your hips back and up. Aim to straighten your legs, slowly lowering your heels and maintaining an upside-down v-shape. Relax your head and hold the pose for 5-10 breaths.

If your hamstrings are really tight, try bending one knee and stretching out the opposite leg to get your heels as close to the mat as possible.

Relief from stress

At the end of a long day, try this stretch to help ward off stress and help you rest easier.

Child’s Pose

Childs pose

Starting on your hands and knees, stretch your arms straight out in front of you. Sit back over your heels, so that your glutes are resting just above them (but not actually touching). Hold this position for 5 deep breaths. This is such a great stretch, repeat it as many times as you want.

Dealing with period pain

This pose can help stimulate the reproductive system, letting a rush of blood flow to the area to nourish the surrounding tissue.  

Half Twist Pose

Half twist pose

Seated on your mat, stretch your right leg out in front. Cross the left leg over the right and place the left foot flat on the floor. Place your left hand behind you, twist your torso and look over your left shoulder while keeping the spine straight. Hold this position and take a few long breaths in and out. Repeat on the other side.

Relief from bloating

Combining gentle twisting and bending in the one pose, triangle pose can help you find a little relief when you’re feeling bloated.

Triangle Pose

 

Triangle pose

Beginning in a low lunge position with your left foot forward and hands on either side. Turn your right foot out to a 45-degree angle and straighten your left leg. Stretch your arms out to the side and rotate your torso to the left. Allow your left hand to rest on your left ankle (or your shin if you can’t quite reach). Reach your right arm up in the air and turn your head towards it, focusing on your fingertips. Hold the pose for 5 breaths and repeat on the opposite side.

As with any yoga routine, only push any of the moves as far as feels comfortable. If you are suffering with a headache or period pain, try out these gentle moves for a bit of relief.

* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.