Kneel with widened knees apart. Draw the shoulders forward past the ears. Lower the heart towards the earth. Tailbone lengthening back and down. Chin gently tucking in towards the chest, lengthening the back of the neck. If you like you can rest forehead (on a bolster).
Ustrasana can release stress and enhance circulation throughout your body. Proper blood circulation means more oxygen, which helps to heal the mind and body.
Balasana (Child Pose)
Balasana helps calm your brain and relieves stress and anxiety. It gently stretches your lower back and hips, enabling your body to relax. Peace and calm prevail over your entire being, helping you deal with your depression better.
Balasana is considered as one of the most comfortable yoga poses. All you have to do is kneel and sit on your heels. Make sure your big toes touch each other. Keep your hands on your knees and spread your knees hip-width apart. Then, bend your torso forward, in between your divided thighs, with your face touching the ground. Bring your arms forward and place them on either side of your head, with the palms facing down. Be in this position for a few minutes.
4.Reignite Your Sex Life
Melting Heart Pose (Anahatasana)
The lower back and upper chest tend to become stiff easily and cause a lot of discomfort during sex. Physically, the melting heart pose lengthens and strengthens these areas. Energetically, it helps remove energy stagnation in the Heart meridian, which is responsible for mental and emotional activities and intimacy according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. So, this pose helps awaken the energy flow in the heart while restoring the body and mind connection.
How to do it:
Starting on your hands and knees, walk your hands forward as you lower the chest on the floor. As best as you can, try to keep the hips above the knees. Rest your forehead, chin, or chest on the floor.
5.For a Hangover
“Twists are great for helping toxins move their way out of your body—and out of your life,” says Stiles.
Try it: Start seated (as shown), inhale and lift your left arm straight up. As you exhale, grab your right knee with your left hand. Press your right fingertips into the ground behind your hips. Inhale and sit up tall. Exhale and twist your torso further toward the right. Then switch your legs and repeat on the other side.
6.For Killer Cramps
“This move is great to sooth the mind, the mood, and cramps,” says Stiles. “The gentle pressure from the blanket and your torso is really grounding and comforting, and just plain feels great.”
Try it: Roll up a blanket. Sit down with your legs straight in front of you. Place the blanket on your upper thighs. Gently fold your torso over the blanket. Stay here for 10 long, deep breaths.
7.For a Cold or Flu
“This technique is known for keeping people from getting colds or the flu, as well as helping them get better faster,” says Stiles. “It’s great for clearing congestion. It also does wonders for cultivating an easy mind, so even when the flu strikes you’ll feel easy and calm while you are recovering.” (Check out 11 Other Tricks to Bounce Back Fast From a Cold.)
Try it: Sit up tall, however you can sit comfortably. Take your right hand and curl down your index and middle finger into your palm. Press your ring finger over your left nostril and inhale for 4 counts. Close off your right nostril with your thumb so both nostrils are closed. Hold all the air in for 4 counts. Release your ring finger and let all the air out your left nostril for 4 counts. Repeat this breathing pattern for 3 to 5 minutes.
8.For a Sleepless Night
“So many people have major problems getting to sleep and staying asleep,” says Stiles. “Yoga has been known to help out, big time. A simple lying down twist helps to release any tension in the spine and mind that can be getting in the way of a good night’s rest. You can even do it when you’re in bed!”
Try it: Lie down on your back and hug your right knee into your chest. Twist your right leg over toward your left side. Relax your arms out to the sides. Stay here for 10 deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
9.For a Sugar Craving
“Yoga trains and reprograms the mind so it can come back to a calm and neutral state free of anxieties and cravings,” says Stiles. “This seated meditation with arms up in a V gives your body just enough to do to allow your mind to focus. Spend a few minutes in this position and you’ll be able to conquer your sugar cravings with ease.”
Try it: Starting in a comfortable seated position, raise your arms overhead into in a V shape. Relax your shoulders down your back and reach out through your fingertips. Stay and breathe here for 3 minutes. Finding the ease in staying here for several minutes will clear your mind and release loads of tension from your body.
10.For Long Car Rides
“We’ve all been crammed in the car for too long, and there are some simple poses to help open up your body,” says Stiles. “Standing side opener is great because you’re bringing length back into your side and spine, a reversal of when it gets crunched in the car.”
Try it: Stand with your feet parallel, shoulders aligned with your hips. Inhale and reach your arms out and up. Grab your left wrist with your right hand. Gently pull your left arm up with your right hand. Let your torso naturally arch over to your right side. Stay here for three breaths and then work the other side, too. (Looking for more relief? Try these Tips to Prevent Lower Back Pain if road trips and long days at the office are wrecking your back.)
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