Good Bye Stress!

Yoga does not only help loose stubborn weight but is equally helpful in relieving stress. Whenever you find yourself worn out, try these yoga poses to reduce stress, ease lower back pain, and rejuvenate your mind and body.

1. Cross-Legged Lower Back Stretch

• Sit a few inches from the wall with your legs crossed.

• Walk your fingers up the wall, stretching from the lower back.

• Broaden your shoulders by separating and lifting your shoulder blades. Keep your throat and neck soft. Don't tense your shoulders, just lift them.

• When you think you have gone as high as you can, rest for a moment while your body adjusts to the pose, then walk your fingers a little higher.

• Rest and repeat several times.

• If this is too difficult, try the next pose.

2. Right Angle Pose

• Standing very close to the wall, place your hands on the wall at waist height, shoulder distance apart.

• Walk back until your torso is perpendicular to the wall and your legs are directly under your hips.

• Extend your arms by firmly pressing your hands into the wall, as though you want to topple it. Go ahead, try to push it over!

• Extend your spine to its maximum length, and work on straightening your knees and elbows.

• Hold for 30 to 45 seconds. To release the stretch, step toward the wall.

3. Knees to Chest

• Lie on your back, bring your knees into your chest, and hug them.

• If you like, you can gently rock from side to side.

• Breathe deeply into your lower back and with each exhalation, allow your entire back to relax just a little bit more.

• If this position hurts your knees, roll up two washcloths and place one behind each knee.

4. Legs-Up-the-Wall Staff Pose

• Lie down with your buttocks at the wall (or at least as close as possible).

• Extend your legs up the wall. Flex your toes toward you and work on getting your knees straight by extending the hamstrings.

• Stay in this position for a minute or two, then go on to the next pose.

5. Chair Corpse Pose

• Lie on the floor with your calves on a chair seat.

• Place a blanket under your head if you like.

• Cover your eyes with a small towel or other soft piece of fabric, and insert earplugs if you wish.

• With each exhalation, relax a little bit more. Stay in this position as long as you like.

6. Upward Arm Stretch

• Sit in a chair facing the wall. Place your hands as high on the wall as possible and walk your fingers higher up the wall,stretching from your lower back.

• Broaden your shoulders by separating and lifting your shoudler blades. Keep your throat and neck soft. Don't tense your shoulders, just lift them.

• Once you think your fingers are as high as they can be, rest for a moment in that position so your body can adjust, and then walk your fingers higher.

• Rest and repeat several times.

7. Chair Lower Back Stretch

• Sit in your chair and widen your legs so they are wider than hip distance apart.

• From the hip crease, bend forward and allow your entire body to relax. Drop your head and completely relax your neck.

• If you are not completely comfortable, try putting a rolledblanket or towel at the hip crease and lean over again.

• Hold this pose as long as you like. With each exhalation, allow your body and mind to relax a little bit more. Sit up on an inhalation, pause for a few moments, and try again.