Yoga for Stress
Photography by: Fran Gealer
(This pose expands the area around the heart and lungs, allowing you to take deeper breaths and open up to the possibilities of joy.) Lying on your back, bend your knees and place your feet on the mat, hip-width apart. Keeping your arms alongside your body, bend your elbows and point your fingers upward. As you inhale, ground your feet, press your upper arms down into the mat and lift your hips to come into a backbend. Exhale, keeping the sides of your body long and your throat open. Bring your shoulder blades down your back as you begin to feel the chest open, helping to unleash your natural joy. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths.