The art of yoga is not simply an exercise, it is a mindful practice that relaxes your body and mind. Every yoga pose promotes various kinds of effects that benefit in numerous ways. On the occasion of World Yoga Day, we focus on six poses that will help you destress after a long day. So lay out the mat, put on your comfy pants and allow yourself to unwind with yoga.

Hand Twist

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Between typing and hitting the mouse button, there’s only so little movement our wrists go through throughout the day. This builds up a lot of tension in the wrist and can cause a great deal of discomfort over time. The hand twist pose helps loosen the pressure and exercises the joints.

Upward Facing Dog

Upward Facing Dog

Long hours of sitting at your desk can leave your body feeling stiff and rigid. The upward facing dog pose improves posture and strengthens your spine, arm and wrists. It also stretches out the chest, lungs, shoulders and abdomen. Apart from the physical benefits, it has a calming effect to help relieve fatigue.

Yoga Bicycle Crunches

Yoga Bicycle Crunches

The yoga bicycle crunch is an upgrade to the regular crunch. The addition of mindful breathing to the movement sequence helps balance your energy and powers up your core. A great ab workout that also leaves you feeling balanced and stronger.

Bridge Pose

Bridge Pose

A back-bending pose like the bridge can be quite beneficial in the relaxation process. In the words of B.K.S. Iyengar himself, “backbends are rejuvenating. They give energy and courage and combat depression. They open the chest and make the spine flexible. The arms and shoulders become strong. The mind and body become alert.”

Scissor Kicks

Scissor Kicks

This is another pose that helps improve posture and balance. It can ease out your spinal cord and reduces the risk of back pain. Practising this pose is quite effective after a long day of sitting upright.

Ear to Shoulder Pose

Ear to Shoulder Pose

And last but not the least, your neck can use a little relaxation at the end of the day too. This ear to shoulder pose facilitates lateral movement of the neck and also stretches down into the shoulder and the trapezius muscles, thus releasing all the built up tension.

Yogini Elouise Lakshya is wearing a tank top and leggings by Asics and an Apple smartwatch to keep track of her yoga routine.

Like this article? Also read: 9 Reasons To Start Practising Yoga

Cover Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com, Photographer: Dwaipayan Mazumdar

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