At Live Well Holistic Health Center we are dedicated to helping our clients find healing through methodologies that are thorough and lasting. Embracing the mind and body as an interactive unit, we believe in empowering our clients by suggesting protocols that they can do themselves to reduce stress, gain greater flexibility, and achieve overall balance.Yoga is an ancient system of exercise that calms the mind and eases tension in the body. A natural stress eliminator, Yoga also increases strength, flexibility, and balance while lowering blood pressure. Here are our top five Yoga moves that will relieve anxiety and stress instantly. As you practice them, it is important to focus on the rhythm of your breath, slowing it down as you inhale deeply from the belly and exhale slowly to create a circular rhythm. The healing power of the breath is not to be underestimated, so take your time with each inhalation and exhalation.
This is a fundamental pose to relax the entire body. Lay down flat on your back with your legs slightly separated and your arms comfortably at your sides, palms up. Inhale though your nose, counting to six or eight. Hold your breath for four counts and then exhale slowly through your mouth, counting to six or eight. Hold with no breath for two counts and then repeat. Try to do at least eight repetitions.
Often called the “fountain of youth” pose, this is an excellent pose to dispel anxiety. Lie flat on your back with your arms at a 45-degree angle, palms facing up to open the heart. Lift your legs straight up toward the ceiling (A more restful option is to bring your buttocks close to the wall and rest your legs vertically against the wall). Follow the same breathing pattern as in Corpse Pose and feel how soothed and energized you feel as you remain in this position for at least eight breaths.Fish Pose Stretching your chest in this pose opens the lung and heart while unclogging tension from the rest of the body. Lie on your back with your arms at your sides. Bend your elbows to raise the upper body, letting your head hang back and then arch your back and place the crown of your head on the ground. If you need to place a bolster, pillow, or yoga block under your back for support, do so. Hold for at least eight breaths.
Stretching your chest in this pose opens the lungs and heart while relieving tension from the rest of the body. Lie on your back with your arms at your sides. Bend your elbows to raise the upper body, letting your head hang back and then arch your back and place the crown of your head on the ground. If you need to place a bolster, pillow or yoga block under your back for support, do so. Hold for at least eight breaths.
Get on your hands and knees with the knees under your hips and hands under your shoulders. Let your spine be in a neutral position. Inhale and let your belly sink towards the floor. Let your head fall back and look up. Then exhale and round the back up to the ceiling, putting your chin on your chest. Unwind one vertebra at a time as you move from the Cow to the Cat, minding your breath throughout. As you coordinate the spinal movement you will also be lengthening and strengthening your back muscles.
This is a wonderful resting position to calm the body and mind. Go onto your knees and lean forward to put your forehead on the floor in front of you, relaxing your chest into your thighs. Put your arms along the sides of your body with your palms up next to your feet, or stretch your arms out in front of you by your ears with your palms down. Stay there for as long as you like, focusing on your breath.
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