Relax and breathe easier with these calming yoga postures.
Are your stress levels through the roof? Consider yoga. This ancient practice, which combines gentle stretches with slow, intentional breathing, is perfect for easing stress. “The physical reaction [to stress] is increased heart rate and faster breathing,” says NASM elite trainer and certified yoga instructor Anne Spicker. “The act of breathing slowly and deeply with intention has the effect of counteracting this fight or flight response.” Here are seven simple stress-busting postures. All you’ll need is a mat, block and bolster or rolled-up blanket.
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