Calming Yoga Poses for Stress Relief!

When things get a bit much, roll out your yoga mat and let your breath and body carry you to stillness.

Yoga is not about exhausting your body to silence anxious thoughts, but instead about noticing that chatter, accepting its presence, and choosing to distance yourself from it. Here are some yoga poses that work wonders for your stress levels and anxiety!


  1. Kneel on the floor and sit on your heels.
  2. Allow yourself to bend forward and relax into the stretch.
  3. Rest your chest on your thighs and lower your torso towards the ground.
  4. Your arms can either be stretched out in front of you or reaching back towards your feet.

How it calms:

This pose helps to release neck, shoulder, and upper back strain. Additionally, it can help to calm the nervous system through steady, conscious breathing.


  1. Begin by lying flat on your back.
  2. Put your arms and legs out at about a 45-degree angle, hands palms up and allow the feet to relax to the sides.
  3. Gently roll your head from side to side to relax your spine, straightening your back to make sure it is properly aligned.
  4. Relax into the pose and focus on your breath.

How it calms:

The Corpse Pose pose puts the body at ease and emphasises total relaxation. The pose slows down your breathing and aids in decreasing blood pressure.


  1. You lie on your back with your sit-bones as close to the wall as is comfortable for you.
  2. Kick your legs up and lay on your back with your legs straight up the wall and your hands beneath your hips.
  3. Relax into this restorative pose and if you can, stay here for at least five minutes.

How it calms:

This pose can relieve a lot of tension in the hips which is often a great source of lower back pain. It relieves tired leg muscles and is calming for the nervous system.


  1. Rest on your hands and knees, with your belly facing the floor.
  2. Inhale deeply.
  3. Exhale and pull in your abdominal muscles, tailbone, and butt.
  4. Pressing down on your hands, press your back toward the ceiling so your spine rounds.

How it calms:

This pose soothes and stretches the lower back. It improves blood circulates and relaxes the body and mind.



  1. Sit on the floor with your feet together and your legs extended.
  2. Bend your right knee and bring the sole of your right foot close to your left thigh.
  3. Exhale as you bend at the hips, slowly lower your torso and grab your left foot.
  4. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then switch sides.

How it calms:

A Forward Bend helps calms the mind. It also relieves mild depressions, anxiety, fatigue, headache and insomnia.


  1. Get on the floor on your hands and knees.
  2. On an exhale, weight your palms and extend your pelvis back and up, reaching your heels toward the ground to form an upside-down “V”.
  3. Activate your arms like you are trying to push the floor away from you.
  4. Try bending your knees to lengthen your sit bones toward the ceiling even more for greater stretch.

How it calms:

Because stress often worsens lower back pain, Downward Facing Dog stretches the entire back-line of the body and your shoulders thus quietning the mind. Plus, lowering your gaze helps quiet your mind.

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