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Have 5 minutes? Try these yoga asanas to relieve stress

By Grand master Akshar
Last updated on: April 25, 2018 09:39 IST
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Begin your day with these easy yoga poses.

Yoga to destress

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We're so caught up with life and work that we exhaust our brains, and wind up accomplishing more than our bodies can.

This causes pressure.

An exhausted personality doesn't loosen up quickly, which implies you forget to unwind. Afterwards, you start to stress, and stress stimulates pressure.

Stress is to a great degree disastrous. It makes you weak. It affects your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

It is essential to de-stress if you need to live a productive and a happy life.

Keeping up yoga practice may seem like an unusual method to decrease stress, remain fit and quiet the brain.

Not all yoga postures are made same; some positions are especially viable for de-stressing, helping with work pressure and have an overall soothing quality.

Begin your day with this subtle warm-up exercise:

Sukshma Vyayam (subtle warm-up exercise)

  • Move your head from right to left, left to right, up and down and in circular motion. It helps relaxing the muscles connecting shoulder to head (repeat thrice).
  • Shoulder movement in circular motion (three times)
  • Interlocking fingers, stretch up above the head and bring down in pranaam asana. Repeat 3 to 5 times.
  • Hand on waist and bend it right to left and otherwise repeat three times.
  • Then go for circular movement.
  • Come on your toes and lift your body up three times.
  • Go for circular movement of your heels clockwise and anti-clockwise, repeating it thrice each side.

Practise these four asanas given below for one minute each and feel de-stressed immediately.

Supported Sukhasana – Happy Pose

Supported SukhasanaFormation of the posture

  • Rest your back against a wall or your desk and attain sitting posture with legs stretched out.
  • Fold the left leg and tuck it inside the right thigh.
  • Fold the right leg and tuck it inside the left thigh.
  • Keep the palms on the knees.
  • Sit erect with spine straight.


  • Stretches and helps in lengthening your spine.
  • Broadens your collarbones and chest.
  • Calms your mind.
  • Enhance your condition of peacefulness and serenity.
  • Removes anxiety, stress and mental tiredness.
  • Helps in improving body posture.
  • Opens your hips



Formation of the posture

  • Lie easily on the back. The feet fall freely, far from each other.
  • The arms lie loose alongside the body and the palms look up.
  • If needed, use a pillow to ensure neck and lower back are comfortable.
  • Close the eyes and relax the eyelids.
  • Feel the entire body from the toes to the head.
  • Guide your attention to the body part and relax the entire body.
  • Feel the internal calmness and peace.


  • Leads to physical and mental relaxation.
  • Helps you re-energise and recharge.
  • Helps with mindfulness.



Formation of the pose

  • Begin with downward dog posture
  • Slightly lean forward and lift your heels up
  • Your body weight should be distributed between your toes and palms
  • Look at your toes


  • Strengthens muscles in your arms and legs
  • Increases the blood flow to the brain
  • Energises the body
  • Strengthens your spinal cord
  • Eases the shoulder and back tension

Savithri asana

Savithri asana

Formation of the posture

  • Begin with Samsthithi
  • Drop your knees on your mat
  • Lean forward and shift your body weight to your knees
  • Kneel down
  • Your back and thighs should be in one straight line
  • Raise your arms above your head
  • Look straight


  • Improves sense of balance
  • Knees are mobilised
  • Helps in relaxation

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