Yoga can be a rescue tool to Decrease your Stress

Rescue yourself by doing just a few yoga poses to help you stay centered and balanced. If you do not have a lot of time to do a yoga routine, just doing your mountain pose and forward bend can help you to reach your goal of decreasing your stress in the moment!


Find your center and balance through some simple yoga poses. They can really help you with stress in your life.


Mountain pose is very helpful. Stand very tall, feet together arms at your sides. Keep a strong foundation with your legs and your stomach firm and strong. Reach up tall through your head as if you are a puppet and someone is pulling your head straight up from your crown.  Look straight ahead and breathe deeply and consistently for at least 5 breaths.

Now reach your arms straight up, and inhale as you do so. Reach your hands up, shoulder width apart as high as you can while you look straight ahead. Do not hunch your shoulder, and do relax your neck. Take at least 5 more deep, cleansing breaths.

Forward Bend: from your mountain pose with arms overhead begin to bend your knees slightly. Inhale, and on the exhale, slowly bend forward from your waist. Place your hands on the floor alongside your feet, or if you have the flexibility, grasp your ankles. Keep your back straight and your neck soft. Breathe deeply for at least 5 more long breaths.

Developing ways to help yourself deal with stress

What really matters is to develop ways to help yourself deal with the stress in your life.

Taking up yoga can be a slow journey of just learning a few techniques such as breathing, and a few poses such as forward bend and mountain to help you center yourself for the day. Bringing  blood flowing thought your entire body through such poses as forward bend.


Rouse, J. ( 2003). Health Solutions for Stress Relief. New York, NY. Gaiam. Rodale Press