Yoga involves deep breathing, stilling the mind, and focusing solely on the postures. The ancient practice combines mindfulness and meditation with gentle movement for a flow that’s mentally soothing and stress-reducing. While the benefits of yoga are limitless, it stimulates hormones in the brain and heals the nervous system, which works to calm your mind and relax your body.
If you’ve had a particularly stressful day, or find yourself overcome with anxiety in the moment, certain poses are especially helpful at getting rid of stress and anxiety (sometimes almost immediately). Set up a space for yourself away from any noise and clutter, diffuse some essential oils, play relaxing music, and go through these yoga poses if you need to de-stress. Or, if you’re feeling particularly distressed, pick one of these poses to resort to as a go-to anxiety reducer.