7. Seated Forward Bend
The Seated Forward Bend will give your back a much needed stretch in addition to releasing stress from the body. It takes practice to achieve the form in this photo, but you can do it. Begin by sitting on your mat with feet together and outstretched before you. Extend your hands towards the feet and focus on them as you lower your torso down. Try touching your toes and resting your head on your legs for the ultimate stretch.
8. Extended Puppy
Extended puppy is another anxiety buster and provides wonderful stretching and relaxation for both your physical and mental body. Begin on all fours and slowly walk your hands forward a few inches. Then move your rear towards your heels and lower your forehead to the floor. Do not sit on your heels (that’s Child’s Pose), but focus on your breathing and your anxiety leaving your body.
9. Corpse Pose
I like to end all yoga practices with the corpse pose. While physically probably one of the easiest poses, since you’re basically laying down with arms at your side, mentally the corpse pose can be difficult. The goal is to relax your mind as much as your body, so anxiety and stress fully leave. If it’s hard to calm your racing mind, try practicing positive affirmations such as “I am at peace,” or a statement that exemplifies how you truly want to feel.