Everyone needs to blow off steam from time to time, and exercise is always a great option. But if you don't have time to head out for an endorphin-pumping run, try one of these four yoga poses (or all of them), and they will leave you feeling great.
4 Yoga Poses for Instant Stress Relief and Better Mood
Nothing makes me more cranky than a bloated and unhappy stomach. Matsyendrasan or Half Lord Of The Fishes pose, is said to help aid digestion and cleanse your internal organs, leaving you feeling better.
It not only helps with digestion but it is also said to help release tension within the back and along the spine. Some even say it helps release excess heat and toxins from the organs and tissues. CNY Healing Arts recommends warming up with some hip openers before attempting this energizing and balancing move.
#2 Seated Neck Release With Clasping Hands
The seated neck release is an effective way to stretch out any excess tension. The movement should be done gently and will immediately relax any built up tension in the neck and shoulders.
"Gently press your hands down toward your thighs, tucking your chin into your chest. As you press down, use the heels of your palms to pull your head away from your shoulders. This will intensify the stretch even more."
#3 Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)
Channel your inner child with the Happy Baby Pose. Elite Daily advised, when you're rolling around in this pose, to really breath deeply and embody the spirit of a happy and care-free child.
This yoga pose is really great if you're experiencing lower back pain and tension. They also recommend performing Anada Balasana to relieve period pain.
#4 Rabbit Pose
Last but not least we have Rabbit's Pose. This pose is described by DoYouYoga.com as the pose to do if you've been taking on the responsibility of other peoples problems.
They also say the pose will help pump fresh blood and oxygen to your nervous system. And to pack a final punch, rabbits pose is touted as alleviating cold and allergy symptoms.
Whew, that's a lot for one pose to accomplish; let us know in the comments below which pose helped put you in a better mood!