Asanas for Stress Relief

Posted by Deepti Ohdar on

Stress is a mental situation that leads a person towards activities like overthinking, depression, stressed nerves, and many such mental problems. Therefore it is always advised to keep oneself at a bay from stress. Stress can be occurred due to many reasons such as work problems, family issues, personal problems, and many such. Some people try anti-depressant pills to lower their stress but are unacquainted about its further side-effects. Yoga is the best and natural method to lower stress and followed by people around the world. Let us have a look at some of the easy to follow asanas that can lower the stress and enhance the muscles of the body as well:


  1. Balasana or Child's Pose

This pose is performed by kneeling on knees on a yoga mat. The chest is rested on the knees and the face is placed on the floor. The hands are placed by the side facing palms in the upward direction. The pose is to be held for about a couple of minutes.


Benefits of the pose

The pose is helpful to calm down the nervous system. It can be easily done by anyone suffering from stress or depression. The pose can also be practised by children hence it has been named Child's Pose. 


  1. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana or Bridge Pose

The asana is performed by lying on the floor with back towards the floor in the initial stage. The hands are in the downward-facing direction. Slowly by inhaling the breath one needs to lift their hips with the support of back and keeping the back touched on the floor. Keep the position intact for about a couple of minutes.


Benefits of the pose

It is a healthy and easy stretching exercise for the back and legs. The asana is also helpful to cure issues like insomnia, fatigue, backache, headache, and many such. The asana is also advised to be performed by high blood pressure patients.


  1. Uttanasana or Standing Forward Bend Pose

The pose is performed by standing in a straight and firm position. Slowly one needs to bend down by the back and touch the hands on the floor. The position is locked and maintained by inhaling the breath and holding the position for 5 to 6 breaths. Slowly one exhales the breath and retains the standing position.




Benefits of the pose

The asana is helpful to stretch the back, hips, and legs and get rid of any kind of a pain in them. The pose is also helpful to lower mild depression pangs and get relieved of fatigue.


  1. Savasana or Corpse Pose

The pose is performed by lying flat on the floor by the back on a yoga mat. The legs are stretched apart from each other to keep the body in a sleeping position. The palms are faced in an upward direction for better relaxation. One needs to focus on their breathing by paying attention to the whole body.


Benefits of the pose

Savasana helps the human body to relax and relieve the stressed nerves. The asana is also helpful to cure stress, depression, fatigue, anxiety, and high blood pressure.


  1. Viparita Karani or Legs up the wall pose

This pose is performed by keeping the back on the floor and stretching the hands in the outwards direction. Slowly the legs are lifted in the upward position by the support of the wall. The position can be held by the individual as long as one can hold it comfortably.


Benefits of the pose

The pose is helpful for people suffering from chronic stress. It is also a healthy and useful exercise to maintain the flow of blood in the body and avoid lymph drainage.  


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