Stress Buster: 5 Yoga Postures for a Healthy Mind

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    With the hectic lifestyles that we lead, you may not always find the time to workout regularly, even though you must try and spare a few minutes for it everyday. But here are some simple yoga exercises that you could do while in office or at home to ease the mind and feel relaxed. They are simple to follow and require no supervision.

    Anjali Mudra

    Similar to our 'namaste', sit cross-legged on the floor and bring your palms together with the fingers stretching out to the centre of your chest (heart chakra). This represents the harmony of the two sides (right and left). Now close your eyes and slowly inhale, hold your breath for a few minutes, and then exhale. Continue this pattern for a few minutes.

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    Also known as the 'child's pose', it stretches and relaxes the neck, back and the lower spine. Sit on your knees with your hands on the sides (inhale), and then slowly lower your head to touch the floor when you feel your back and hands stretching (exhale). Bring yourself back to your knees (inhale) and continue the process for a couple of minutes.

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    This forward bending pose may seem difficult for those who lack flexibility but with repeated practice, you will get better at it. It is a great stretching exercise for the spine and therefore helps in releasing tension. Stand straight with the feet a little apart and inhale.

    Slowly bend forward to bring your head closer to your knees while stretching your hands out to touch your feet. You will feel an intense stretch on your hamstring and back. You could bend your knees a little if you like. Let your neck, head and hands hang loose and relax. You can take a few short breaths while you hold the pose, and then bring yourself back up to your feet with your back straight as you exhale.

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    Uttana Shishosana

    Popularly known as the 'extended puppy pose', this inversion pose can help you release tension in your shoulders. Bring yourself onto all fours by keeping your shoulders above your wrists and your hips above your knees. Move your hands forward a few inches and curl your toes under. Inhale.

    As you exhale, move your buttocks halfway back toward your heels and slowly bring your forehead close to the floor by keeping a slight curve in your lower back. Let your hands stretch out, relax your neck and pull your hips back towards your heels. Hold the pose for a few seconds and then release.

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    Referred to asthe 'corpse pose', it may seem extremely easy but is considered to be one of the toughest asanas to get right. This is the ultimate form of relaxation as it brings the nervous system to a complete rest before getting back to the daily functions. Lie down on your back with your eyes closed, arms by your sides, palms facing up and legs stretched out. Let your ankles fall outward. Then slowly start inhaling and exhaling as you melt deeper into the floor with each breath. Stay in this pose for a minimum of 5 minutes.

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