Feeling stressed? Then you'll definitely be relieved to know two things: 1) April is National Stress Awareness Month; and 2) New York City based "yoga rebel" Tara Stiles has a dedicated yoga routine that will help alleviate your angst.
Stress be gone! Here are some highlights from Tara Stiles' Routine for Stress Relief video:
Tara starts the session with alternate nostril breathing to “calm and focus the mind and help ease anxiety.” Even better: it will have you sleeping like a baby. Try practicing this breathing technique next time you find yourself staring at the clock at 3 a.m. Also helpful: Adding alternate nostril breathing to your daily routine.
We heard it from Tara: “Stress doesn’t just leave us. It stays stored in our physical and emotional bodies until we let it go.” Since we’ve got to work to release the stress, Tara helps us open our spine and back with a sequence that includes cat and cow, child’s pose, and shoulder openings. Tara seamlessly weaves these movements together so you’ll feel like you're floating from one pose to the next.
This routine is a little over five minutes, but we found ourselves repeating the sequence several times because it felt so good. Our breath became calmer, our bodies were more at ease and our mind truly began to let go.
Ready to release your stress with yoga@home? Check out Tara’s video.