4 Best Ways to Do Yoga for Stress Relief
We all deal with stress in our daily lives, but have you tried using daily yoga for stress relief? Some forms of yoga are more intense and might lead to frustration or the belief that yoga isn’t for you. But consider some of the more relaxing and soothing yoga options below to use for true stress relief.
1. Yin Yoga
Yin yoga is the ultimate in relaxation. Also known as Taoist yoga, yin yoga is passive, mediative, and quiet. It allows you to completely relax your muscles and create a deep sense of peace and calm—which is what we truly need when we’re frazzled or fatigued or stressed out.
2. Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga focuses of 4-5 easy poses and holds them for a good amount of time. Unlike other more rapid or flowing types of yoga, restorative yoga is meant to help you achieve deep relaxation and increase blood flow in your limbs without putting strain on them.
3. Slow Vinyasa Yoga
Vinyasa classes are typically more paced than yin or restorative yoga, but sometimes a good flow can be just what you need for relaxing and unwinding.
Vinyasa literally means “flow” because the practice is based on smooth movements and transitions between each pose. If you struggle with anxiety, vinyasa can be great choice.
4. Single Poses for Stress Relief
There are specific yoga poses great for reducing stress and loosening up the body. They include:
- Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
- Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
- Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
- Child’s Pose (Balasana)
- Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana) Variation
Learn more about how to do each pose here.
If you’re already feel stressed and short on time, try doing these specific poses in a sequence as your practice. You’ll create your own flow and be able to do each pose right from the comfort of your own home, if you wish.
5. Yoga With Adriene on YouTube
Online yoga classes have become really popular in recent years. Yoga with Adriene is one of the top yoga channels on YouTube, and for good reason—her videos are soothing, relaxing, and great for any age group who needs to de-stress.
However, while online yoga classes can be great for making practice easy and convenient, we do recommend try regular in-person yoga classes if possible. That’s because you’ll have a trained instructor observing in case you have any questions about a pose or need direction.
Doing a pose wrong could potentially set you up for further injury later down the road, when yoga is meant to help prevent and improve injury or pain in the body.
6. Yoga Retreat in Bali
For one of the most life-changing yoga experiences, consider joining a full yoga retreat [link]. At Blue Karma Resort in Bali (Seminyak and Ubud), we offer several yoga retreat options ranging from a day or two to longer.
Gift yourself the peace of a yoga retreat that can include spa treatments, meditation, healthy foods, and a stay in one of our luxury rooms. For the ultimate in stress relief, learn more about our Peak Beings Yoga retreat, Yogi’s Inner Journey, Detox Luxury Retreat, or Yoga and Ayurveda Immersion.