We live incredible stressful lives in our days. We spend our days rushing back and forward without a moment to breath. Our lives are so busy that we can’t even afford to take an hour to rest. But maybe sometimes we should stop and relax. The 99 Percent blog gives some advices on relaxing trough Yoga.
Square Breathing: Shake off anxiety and clear your head
“There is no aspect of relaxation more important than breathing. When I get particularly hyper-focused at work, my breathing becomes quite shallow. If you’re anything like me, deep breathing alone can have a huge impact on your state of mind. It’s like hitting restart to restore calm, clear thinking.”
Start by sitting in a comfortable upright position either in a chair or the floor. Inhale through your nose for four counts (1, 2, 3, 4). Hold that breath in for four counts. Exhale through your nose for four counts. Hold that breath out for four counts. Repeat 10 times.
Shoulder stretch: Release neck and shoulder tension
Interlace your fingers, and raise your arms above your head, with your palms facing upwards. Try to keep your arms in line with your ears, while you look straight ahead and relax your shoulder blades down your back (don’t shrug them up!) Hold for five full breaths in and out through your nose. Let your arms fall down to your sides, roll your shoulders backwards and forwards a few times, then repeat the stretch, holding for five full breaths.
Heart opener: Counteract the concave chest of computer hunching
Standing with your feet hip-distance apart, reach your hands behind you, clasping them together in a fist at the base of your back. Looking straight ahead, lift your clasped hands as high as you can behind you, pulling your shoulder blades together. Hold for five full breaths.
These are some simple exercises that will help you relax. If your still feeling stressed afterwards go for a quick walk.