We’re all for experiencing states of deep relaxation, especially during these times of increased stress. While everyone is familiar with the negative impact stress can have on our physical and mental wellbeing, engaging in stress relief techniques like mindfulness, meditation and yoga can often feel elusive, foreign or just plain impossible to fit into our regular routine.
The word yoga often makes people think of complicated, twisty postures but it’s truly so much more than that. Yoga is an ancient practice that is as good for your mental wellbeing as it is for your physical health. The mind and body are, after all, in a state of constant interaction, and yoga approaches both as an integrated entity.
Yoga postures, while appearing purely physical, actually act as a tonic for the mind by influencing the chemical balance of the brain, which can vastly improve one’s mental wellbeing.
The following yoga postures are recommended for the moments you need to deeply relax. For serious relaxation, we recommend holding each posture for 3-5 minutes, consciously breathing deeply with your awareness focused on each slow inhalation and each slow exhalation. Really allow yourself to let go, feeling the breath in the body.
- Child’s Pose
- Seated Forward Fold
- Legs Up The Wall
- Supported Fish Pose
- Reclined Bound Angle Pose
- Corpse Pose
Stressful situations will always arise. Yoga, when practiced sincerely and earnestly, offers a peace of mind that can allow us to restore the mind to simplicity and peace and free it from the influence of circumstances out of our control. We invite you to turn to these gentle yoga postures whenever you need to relax deeply, whether before bed or after an especially stressful day.
Hannah Smith is Joy Organics Director of Communications. She is driven by her passion for providing clear and accessible wellness and CBD education. In 2015, she received her BA in Media, Culture and the Arts from The King’s College in New York City and before Joy Organics, worked as writer and photographer in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been featured on Forbes, Vice, Vox, Denver Post, and the Coloradoan.