Yoga is a wonderful tool for many that helps them become more embodied, connected to themselves and increase flexibility and muscle toning. Many people I work with struggle at times with yoga because the moves can be challenging, it is too slow and they want a faster paced workout or they get “too inside” their minds.
For me, yoga has taken time to get into and embrace. Something that really helped was learning a few poses that I could try every day that helped me reset when becoming overwhelmed, irritated or not fully present.
Here they are, give them a try and see how they work. I’ve included the website URL for each so you can get an in depth on how to do each one. They are simple, take less than five minutes and really help reset the mind and body to be more present, engaged and clear.
– Forward fold into mountain pose helps with decreasing stress, supporting anxiety and decreasing fatigue. I do this pose to start my work day in support of being present and attuned to everyone I work with.
Learn more at: https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/standing-forward-bend
Legs up the Wall Pose:
– This pose has a calming effect and supports mild back pain. If you are finding yourself spinning around in your head give it a try!
Learn more here: https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/legs-up-the-wall-pose
– Cobra is a great pose for supporting lower back pain, getting a stretch throughout your abdomen, helping alleviate feelings of sadness, and calm the mind.
Learn more at: https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/cobra-pose
Remember! One of the most important things with yoga poses and their therapeutic benefits is your inhales and exhales with the moves, this provides a reset to your nervous system and helps engage the parasympathetic nervous system. The PNS supports calming anxiety, feelings of overwhelm and helps us connect into most confident, connected and clear.
Patrice Flanagan-Morris, LCSW