Physical fitness is essential to daily health and well-being, and
yoga can be a great way to improve flexibility, endurance and your
overall physical and mental health. Additionally, yoga can also help to
alleviate stress and clear your mind for increased mental function and
The following guide will explain how yoga can be used as a stress
reliever and will include a few basic poses said to help eliminate, or
at least significantly reduce, emotional stress.
The Meaning of Yoga
While yoga offers many benefits, including improved flexibility and
better balance, it can also open you up to increased mental clarity,
focus, and reduced stress levels.
Because yoga focuses on becoming at peace, both physically and
mentally, it’s a great exercise to perform in times of severe mental
stress and anxiety. This article
from MedicineNet details a case study about a woman who practiced yoga
to help alleviate symptoms of bipolar disorder, and offers information
about studies that have been conducted proving that yoga definitely has
There are a variety of poses that are specifically designed to help alleviate emotional and mental stress. These three poses
(including the Child’s Pose, Uttanasana, and Legs Up on the Wall) are
perfect for a novice yoga practitioner and can help reduce stress and
clear the mind.
The palm press can also
help relieve stress, both physical and mental. While specifically
designed to reduce tension in your neck and shoulders, it can also be a
useful pose when you are feeling under the weather or emotionally
To gain an understanding of an additional 5 yoga poses used for stress relief, this helpful video from The Mayo Clinic can give you a visual representation of yoga poses you can incorporate into your own routine.
While generally considered safe, you should still consult with your
doctor before beginning any yoga exercise routine. Once you have the
go-ahead, begin using the above yoga poses to reduce stress and enhance