Yoga for Stress
Photography by: Fran Gealer
(The strong, grounded stance of Warrior II enables energy to flow through the limbs while the heart shines out brightly from the chest, inspiring courage and wisdom.) Taking a wide stance, turn your front foot toward the front edge of the mat and your back foot in slightly. Bend your front knee so that your thigh is parallel to the floor and your knee is directly over your ankle. Keeping your legs strong, open your arms out to the sides. Inhale and exhale deeply as you gaze toward your front hand. As you press your feet into the mat, make it your intention to draw them in toward each other, to engage the inner thigh muscles and cultivate your strength. Expand your inner thighs and sitting bones back and apart as you root down through your tailbone, extending out through your legs and arms. Lengthen the torso upward and feel the energy radiating from your entire body. Repeat on the opposite side. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths.