Stressed, anxious, losing it? We’ve all been there. Here’s my go-to yoga poses for instant calm.
- Breathe deeply
Although there’s nothing more annoying than someone telling you to take a deep breath when you’re angry – there’s actually truth in it. Find some space by yourself either in the car, in the work bathroom or outside and breathe deeply. Fill your lungs to the top and exhale out slowly. Repeat.
Need more? Do your deep yogic breathing (into the belly). Engage your diaphragm and inflate your belly like a balloon on the inhale and let it deflate on the exhale. Repeat
Still not enough? Try alternate nostril breathing. Bring your right hand up to your face with index and middle finger between your eyebrows, thumb on the right nostril and ring and pinky finger on the left nostril. Exhale, close the right nostril and inhale through the left. Close left nostril and exhale right. Inhale right exhale left – you get the picture, keep going just focusing on the sensation of the breath.
- Get upside down
Going upside down can really shift your perspective and flush your brain with fresh blood. It triggers the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response) and can also release tension in the neck or upper back. Uttanasana (standing forward fold) is great for this. Bring your feet to hip-width distance apart, bend your knees and rest your belly on your thighs. Drop your head and shoulders down and grab opposite elbows. Shake your neck our and breathe deeply for a few minutes.