If anxiety or stress plagues your life on a regular basis, a short morning yoga practice can be a great way to start the day. All you need is 15 to 20 minutes, beginning with some meditative breathing for a couple of minutes followed by the joint release series and some sun salutations. The number of sun salutations you choose to do will depend on the amount of time you have and how much energy you have. You could do two, or you could do 10. A morning practice will revive and energize your body, clear your mind and start your day with positive energy.
Although we most recently talked about a study that said depression doesn’t seem to have permanent effects on your health, research says that when it comes to anxiety, the opposite is true. Just like exercise, anxiety causes inflammation in the body, which can damage organs all the way down to the cellular level.
There’s a reason why the chronically stressed are chronically sick — their stress response has set off a chain reaction in their body that has literally worn down their defenses.
In light of all this, proactive stress reduction is an essential part of a healthy life. Benbu shares 9 yoga poses that you can try to keep the worries at bay.