Wine, cookies, ice-cream, magnesium, Rescue Remedy, crystals…Does anyone else have experience looking for external solutions to stress in every possible place imaginable?
Thankfully, for both my sanity and my bank balance, I found yoga about 10 years ago and along with it, a stress management tool like no other. Yoga works to relieve tension and reduce stress in both the body and the mind, and it can make you more resilient when those recurring stress triggers pop up.
While yoga in general seems to have a calming influence, there are certain yoga poses that have a super awesome ability to help us let go of tension and stress.
You just feel like you’re taking a mini vacation in this pose! It can help you open through the hips, inner thighs, and groin—all places where we can hold tension and stress. With the support of the floor beneath you, you can surrender to the moment and practice the art of letting go.
- Lie down on your back in Savasana. Take the soles of the feet together, knees out to the side. If one or both of your knees are quite far from the floor, you can use yoga blocks, bolsters, or folded blankets underneath them to make the pose more restorative.
- Options for the arms, you can take them up overhead and take each elbow with opposite hands, or they can be resting on the floor alongside your torso. My favourite version is to put one hand on the heart centre and one hand on the belly, creating a soothing connection within yourself.
- Stay for a period of time that feels comfortable. When you’re ready to come out, move slowly.
Stress Less Tip: This is a great opportunity to reinforce a positive, calming message to yourself. With every inhale and exhale, repeat the words “I am calm and relaxed,” or “I let go.”