While it's nice to enrol on a yoga course and take an hour out of your busy day to unwind, it's not always possible. However, there are a few easy poses you can perform in minutes to bring instant relief during times of anxiety. It's no coincidence that yoga fans are renowned for being cool, calm and collected - so read on for some tips on perfecting those stretches and deep breathes.
If you ever find your shoulders tensing it's time to perform a Standing Forward Bend. This exercise will allow your stresses to melt away, especially if you can imagine those niggles lightly rolling off your back and onto the floor. Simply bend over and slowly attempt to hold your big toes. Keep your chin tucked into your chest, relax your shoulders and try to create a longer spine by extending your head towards the floor. Keep legs as straight as possible and place your hands on the floor if possible. Hold the pose for five breaths.
The Child's Pose is a great way to eradicate the stresses of daily life. Get down on both knees, then taking a deep breath lean forward and place your hands on the floor with your palms lying flat. Keep your spine and neck as long as possible, and your forehead on the floor. Take at least 10 deep breaths and every time you inhale imagine you are breathing in positive energy, or even sunlight. This will relax any stress in your back, arms and shoulders.
If you only have time for one quick yoga pose, give Legs up the Wall a go. It will leave you feeling calmer and help to stretch out any tense muscles in the lower back and legs. Simply sit down facing a few inches away from a wall, exhale and swing your hips up so your legs are resting against the wall. Lie back, with the back of your head resting on the floor and keep your arms relaxed by your side. Take at least 10 deep breaths and focus on relaxing your body, shuffle backwards a bit if the stretch leaves your legs feeling uncomfortable.