Stressed-out lately? Taking time for yourself is an easy mood booster! Exercise not only benefits the body, it also adds to your mental health.

The benefits of yoga cannot be overstated. An incredibly dynamic exercise and philosophy, a yoga practice keeps the mind and body strong as you go along. Each pose in and of itself has many benefits with regards to strength, flexibility, endurance, athleticism, and so much more. Everyday life can be so hectic and stressful, so taking the time to meditate and relax will help with maintaining a balanced lifestyle. 

Try out these easy-to-do yoga poses below that will surely calm the nerves while stretching out tense areas of the body. Scroll through! 

1. Child's Pose

Everyone's favourite pose! This incredibly relaxing pose helps to stretch the hips, thighs, and ankles while reducing stress and fatigue. It gently relaxes the muscles on the front of the body while softly and passively stretching the muscles of the back torso. Take the time to practice slow breathing and meditation when you try this pose!

2. Revolved Half Lotus

This pose is not only easy to do, it greatly helps centre the mind by creating awareness as you twist and stretch. Make sure to arch your back before the twist to get the full effect of the pose. It strengthens the upper back and spine, while opening the shoulders and chest. It also improves flexibility in the knees, ankles, and hips. When you're feeling overwhelmed, take the time to do a Revolved Half Lotus (on both sides of the body) to reduce mental strain.

3. Wide Angle Seated Side Bend

Although it may look quite challenging compared to the first two mentioned above, this pose can easily be modified to your preference. A Wide Angle Side Bend can stretch the insides and backs of the legs, while stimulating abdominal organs (there can also be an added benefit to the obliques). This pose can also strengthen the spine and calm the brain. Try out this pose on both sides to get an even effect and maximise the benefits. 

4. Side Angle

The Side Angle pose promotes strength in the legs, shoulders, and arms while lengthening the body and promoting mental focus. Although it can be challening for beginners, an easy variation for this pose is to put your floating knee to the ground to alleviate pressure from the legs. Work up to the full pose to get the full effect and work the abdominals at the same time.

5. Tree Pose

If you're looking for a pose for balance and stability, then this might be the one to try! With several variations, the Tree Pose can be done by any beginner. Hands can also be placed by the heart in prayer. This pose stretches the thighs, groins, torso, and shoulders. It also builds strength in the ankles and calves, and tones the abdominal muscles. Take the time to do this pose in each side. While balancing, try closing your eyes and meditating to keep the mind away from deadlines and busywork.

Bust out your yoga mat, crank up the volume on your favourite relaxing soundtrack, and try out these five easy-to-do poses! For more wellness and health tips, keep coming back to this space.

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