Unless you're retired or have unlimited vacation, you likely spend most of your time working – and no matter how hard we try, we often bring our stress home with us. Fortunately these yoga poses can really help offset these effects, not only in our mind, but in our shoulders, and back.
We found three of our favorite poses that have been designed to open you up mentally and physically. “Placing your body in an elongated shape, like a back bend, completely opens the front line of your body,” says Elizabeth Hinker, E-RYT, Area Leader for CorePower Yoga in Chicago, “and you start to feel the emotional effects as well.” (See: Best Low-Impact Exercises to Try)
BOUND ANGLE POSE
REVOLVED HEAD TO KNEE
Sit on the floor with your legs in a V. Bend your right knee and place the sole of your foot along your inner thigh. Place your left arm on your left shin and reach your right arm up and overhead. Bend sideways towards your left pinky toe. Lengthen along the sides of your body as you bend toward the left side. Hold the pose for five to 10 breaths. Repeat on the opposite side for the same amount of time. You should feel this in your hips, shoulders, hamstrings, and lumbar spine.