7 Best Yoga Poses for Stress

The stress of daily living can get to be a bit much, and finding successful ways to lower your levels is important. Yoga has fast gained a reputation for being a relaxing exercise program, and with the right yoga poses for stress you can help yourself make it through the day. The following poses are some of the best, so read on for ways to de-stress your life.

1. Corpse Pose

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Corpse Pose

 The original relaxation pose. Is there any yoga class that is complete without ending in an extended session with the corpse pose?

The pose itself is very simple. Lay on your back and place your hands palm down at your sides. Relax and control your breathing, then maintain the pose for five to ten minutes. Try to let your mind go silent, but stay aware of how your body feels while you inhale and exhale.

The hardest part here is just not falling asleep. This lying meditation can be an invaluable way to keep stress from accumulating, and it’s easy enough for anyone to do. The easy accessibility is important, especially for those who aren’t looking for an advanced routine.

2. Child’s Pose

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Child’s Pose

Child’s pose is another easily accessible pose for those who are looking for relaxation. It’s surprisingly effective, and it should be a part of any stress-busting yoga routine.

The child’s pose is simple. Get on your knees, extend your hands over your head, and lower your head to the ground while still reaching. Then relax the body and focus on your breathing for three to five minutes, allowing things to droop to increase relaxation.

It’s effective on its own, but like most poses, you should consider creating a routine with it. Moving slowly through various relaxing and de-stressing poses is the best way to de-stress with yoga but each individual pose adds to the whole effect.

3. Cat/Cow Pose

These two poses go together so naturally they’re almost always referred to in the same breath. They also create deep relaxation in the back, helping to destress while also physically relaxing your back overall.

The poses are simple: get down on all fours and push into the ground to round your back. That’s the “cat” portion of the pose, which you continue by arching your lower back to create the “cow” portion. Control your breathing during position changes and continue for a minute or two for the best results. 

4. Standing Forward Fold

Standing Forward Fold

Provided you have the basic amount of flexibility in the lower back and hamstrings, the standing forward fold is a great way to de-stress. If touching your toes is a horrendous affair, however, you may not want to fold this one into your new de-stress routine.

The Standing Forward Fold is simple: exhale deeply then fold at the waist until you reach a point where there’s just a bit of tension. Hold the pose and control your breathing for a minute or two then slowly rise back up to avoid getting lightheaded. You can also do the pose while seated, especially if you tend to get dizzy after a bit of inversion.

This pose is great for a wide variety of different things, and it’s one of the most practical flexibility exercises in the wide pantheon of yoga poses. It’s just a matter of whether or not you think it’s right for your own routine.

5. Shoulder Stand

Shoulder Stand Pose

While it’s a little bit more advanced than the previous poses on this list, the shoulder stand is a foundational yoga technique that also works well for stress-busting.

It’s relatively simple to assume for most people. Lie on your back, then bring your legs up to your stomach. Extend them while you roll backward, putting your weight on your shoulders and arms. Control your breathing for a minute or two, then slowly lower back down.

While it may seem complicated, the shoulder stand is actually a simple pose when you have the hang of it. Suspended in an inversion, care seems to fall away and most people find themselves pleasantly refreshed after a few minutes in this pose.

6. Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

While challenging, the singular focus required to keep the eagle pose is often relaxing. It’s a bit more advanced, yet again, but it’s not too challenging for a beginner with some natural ability.

To assume the eagle pose you’ll bend at the knees and bring your trailing foot into contact with the back of the other calf. Remain bent and then wrap your forearms around each other, creating a bound position. Hold this balance pose for a minute or two while controlling your breath, then come to a rest and repeat with the sides reversed.

In addition to helping with stress, this pose is great for the shoulders, hips, and back. It’s a double bonus, but it may require some time spent mastering the pose if you’re new to it.

7. Legs Up the Wall Pose

Legs Up the Wall Pose

Don’t worry, we’re not leaving you in a pretzel pose. Instead, this is a simple pose that anyone can take advantage of, and it’s supremely relaxing when you’re done.

Sit facing a wall, then lay back with your arms spread wide. Position yourself so your behind is against the wall and your legs are parallel and going straight up. Then relax and begin your breathing technique, holding the pose for two to three minutes.

This relaxing pose is essential for stress-busting, and almost anyone can perform it! Make sure to give it a place in your routine!

Bend Your Way to Less Stress!

Yoga isn’t just a great way to exercise: it’s also an excellent way to start busting down the stress in your life. Start out with the above poses, then find more that you feel help make the day go by easier!

Are you ready to form a life-changing routine? Try a set of yoga poses for stress!

Isabel Ludick
Isabel is an avid yoga practitioner, who loves travelling, living life to the fullest, and cats. She loves living healthy and inspiring others to be the best they can be. When she's not performing her asanas or writing, you can find her at exquisite wine tastings around the world.