The Beginners Guide to Stress Management – Three Easy Ways to Relax With Yoga

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Do you struggle to keep up with the pace of work and high expectations of your boss? Do you ever feel unsupported, overly criticised or even victimised by work colleagues? Maybe you feel undervalued at work and your contributions to team development not recognised or appreciated?

These factors can leave you feeling stressed, unmotivated and frustrated. Over a period of time, if left to fester, your symptoms worsen and eventually lead to work burnout. When this happens you are no good to anyone, least of all to yourself.

Learning to relax and take appropriate action to manage work related stress is vital to your health and to the effective functioning of your company. If you work for a pro-active employer, it may be possible for you to take regular relaxation breaks or even yoga at work sessions during working hours.

Unfortunately a lot of companies do not provide such facilities and it is therefore up to you to find techniques to cope with managing work-related stress. Even if your company does provide such facilities, relaxation may not be possible for you to achieve at work.

However once you get home your time is your own. Ideally before you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of family life, practice one of the following yoga relaxation poses. The poses offer you the opportunity to completely rest and relax the central nervous system. This helps to invigorate your body and nurture your core.

Three easy ways to relax with yoga

1. Firm Pose – this pose is considered ideal for sleeping. Lie down on your right side and rest your right arm under your head as if it were a pillow. Focus on your breath and allow your whole body to breathe and be breath. Lie still in this position for at least 10 – 20 minutes. Afterwards gently release your arm and stretch your body.

2. Shavasana/Corpse Pose – this is the classic yoga relaxation pose and you will often see yoga students practice shavasana between poses or at the end of a yoga class. To practice this pose, lie down flat on your back. Remain still and gradually relax every muscle of your body by concentrating firstly on your feet then your legs, arms, abdomen, chest, throat, facial muscles and eyes. Stay relaxed and still for at least 10 minutes as you allow your breath to gently flow in and out through your nose.



3. Adhavasana/Relaxed Pose – Lie down flat on your back with your head on your folded arms (palms nestling in the back of your neck) and concentrate as in Shavasana. Relax all your muscles. Then stretch your hands and legs out fully as you allow the power of gravity to take over the weight of your body as you relax every voluntary muscle. Stay still for at least 10 minutes and gradually sit up in a comfortable seated position.

Once you get the hang of these easy yoga relaxation poses, you will want to practice them as often as you can. Choose your favourite relaxation exercise and allow yourself the time and space to practice. Over time as you learn how to relax, you will find it easier to cope with work-related stress.