Combat Fatigue With These Easy Yoga Poses
The daily stresses of life can take a toll on you. You get up earlier than you want to, get hunched over your desk at work, stuff all your meals in your face because you’re late. You’re running from one thing to another and you’re just tired. Luckily, your body has your back (ha!). If you show it a little bit of love, it’ll love you right back. Try these easy yoga poses to fight off fatigue.
First things first, remember to breathe. Keeping a steady rhythm in your breath is your first step to calming down and feeling relaxed. This GIF has been floating around Tumblr for about a year, and the trick is you are supposed to breathe in time to this expanding and shrinking shape.
The GIF says it’s for dealing with anxiety, but it works perfect for yogic breathing. Not only are you stretching out nearly all of your muscles and joints, you’re calming your mind and sense of balance. Once you’re centered, you’re good to go!
The first pose is Child’s Pose. Lower yourself to your knees on your mat, and sit back on your heals. Then, bring your head to the mat and either extended your arms out or pull them behind your back. Keep this position for as long as you’d like while maintaining steady breathing.
As seen on Pinterest, this woman is in Child’s Pose with her hands behind her back
Next, you can do the Reclining Hero pose. Kneel on your mat, and open your feet slightly wider than your hips. Slowly sit down between your feet, resting your weight on your sit bones. Once you’re ready, place your hands on the floor behind you. Lean your weight into your hands, then lower your arms to the floor.
Thanks to Love My Yoga for this woman doing Reclining Hero.
Finally, try the Bow Pose. It’s a little more difficult, but try it if you feel confident.
Begin by lying on your stomach with your chin on the mat and your hands resting at your sides. Bend your knees and bring your heels as close as you can to your butt.
Reach back with both hands and hold onto your outer ankles. When you feel secure, lift both your heels and your chest off the mat. Hold for up to 30 seconds, and don’t forget to breathe! To release, lower your thighs, and release your hands from your ankles.
Thanks to Yoga Outlet for this woman doing bow pose.
Check out this video from YoBoHo Fitness for video instruction to replay these again and again.
And remember: keep trying! The first time you do this, you might fall flat on your face. And that’s okay. As Jake the Dog reminds us:
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This post was originally published on Laila Ali Lifestyle