These 5 yoga moves can help you relax and unwind!

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About a year ago I was still in college pursuing my undergraduate degree, working a part-time job, and completing two internships. Long story short, I was extremely stressed.

Submitted: August 20, 2018

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About a year ago I was still in college pursuing my undergraduate degree, working a part-time job, and completing two internships. Long story short, I was extremely stressed.


 

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I decided to take some time for myself to help relax and started going to yoga classes. Although it is challenging (you sweat like none other), I found myself leaving the class relaxed and loosened. Yoga is a great way to unwind from your workday, but unfortunately, not everyone has access to a gym or studio. However, if you have a yoga mat, you can do some moves in the comfort of your own home. Here are five of my favorite yoga moves you can do in your own home!

 

Child’s Pose

Child’s pose is one of the most relaxing poses that anyone can do. This pose helps relieve back pain and allows individuals to relax, and meditate if needed. In this position, your body is basically in a fetal position. Your hands are either at your side or in front of you, and your knees are separated and bent as your feet touch behind you.

 

Downward Dog

The downward dog pose is great to help open up your back, stretch out your calves, and unwind from your day. Start in a plank pose and slowly push all your body weight back. Your body should look like a triangle from the side. You’ll know you’re doing the post correctly if you can lift up all 10 fingers and it’s your eyes are looking directly in between your knees.

 

Cat/Cow Pose

This post is my favorite to do, it helps stretch out your back and open up your chest. Start on your hands and knees with a neutral spine. When you inhale through your nose, tilt your pelvis back (your bottom will start to lift). As you exhale, tilt your pelvis forward (you’ll notice your back will start to arch). Repeat these movements a couple times until you feel satisfied and relaxed.

 

Reversed Cobbler’s Pose

One of the most effective and simplest poses to do is the reversed cobbler’s pose. To do this pose, simply lie on your back with your arms directly across from your shoulders. Then bring your feet together, allowing your hips to open.

 

Corpse Pose

Corpse pose may not be challenging enough alone for a workout, but it will help you relax. To do this pose, lie on your back with your legs separated...and that’s it!

 

Good luck with each pose and don’t forget to breathe.


 


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