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Yoga Moves to Destress During Your Weight Loss Journey

By Ali Struhs
September 10, 2014

Between work, getting the kids to soccer practice, and catching up with family, you may start to feel over-worked, tired and stressed. Your commitment to a new, healthy lifestyle and weight loss program could even start to take a back seat. To prevent hindering your weight loss motivation, make sure you’re staying calm and collected by practicing yoga. Carve out time each day to destress with these six relaxing yoga moves.

Knees to Chest
Beat stress by lying on your back, bringing your knees into your chest and hugging them. Slowly rock back and forth and breathe deeply to relax your lower back.

Child’s Pose
Calm the chaos in your head with this popular yoga position. While on your hands and knees with your feet hip distance apart, sit on your heels and reach forward with your arms and torso. With your arms stretched out, lay your forehead on the ground and hold for a couple of minutes to stretch your back and relax your neck.

Legs Up the Wall
While on your back, position your buttocks against the wall. Extend each leg up the wall and flex your feet inward. Have your arms stretched out on the ground at shoulder height. Hold this pose for a minute while concentrating on your breathing. For a variation, widen your legs and slowly stretch your inner thighs.

Corpse Pose
Erase a bad day and relax your whole body with the corpse pose. Slowly lie down on the ground, extending your legs and placing your arms at your side with the inside of your arms and your palms upward. Focus on breathing deeply and releasing tension throughout your body for 5-10 minutes.

Reverse Prayer
Need a yoga position to help relieve stress while you’re at work? Try the reverse prayer pose, which can be done while standing or sitting. With your hands behind your lower back, try to move them into prayer position, sliding your fingertips up until they are between your shoulder blades. Stay in this position for up to a minute.

Downward Facing Dog
This basic yoga pose will stretch your hamstrings and relieve stress. Begin on your hands and knees. Then, lift your knees and hips up, pressing your toes and heels into the floor and straightening your legs. Extend your torso and arms, creating an inverted-V shape with your body. Focus on pressing your chest to your knees with each exhale.

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