Stretch away stress with this 10-minute yoga routine

Stress is one of the biggest contributors to muscle tension and lack of sleep. (Shutterstock)

Stress is one of the biggest contributors to muscle tension and lack of sleep. Yoga is among the best stress-busters as it improves flexibility and relieves back pain so you move more freely. This 10-minute yoga routine relaxes your body, opening your chest to help you breathe deeper and easier.

Downward dog

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- start on all fours with hands directly under shoulders and knees under hips
- walk hands a few inches forward and spread fingers wide, pressing palms into mat
- curl toes under and slowly press hips toward ceiling, bringing your body into an inverted V, pressing shoulders away from ears
- feet should be hip-width apart, knees slightly bent
- hold for a minute and repeat two to three times

Triangle pose

(Photo courtesy: Vahdaneh Vahid)

(Photo courtesy: Vahdaneh Vahid)

- extend arms out to sides, then bend over your right leg
- stand with feet about three feet apart, toes on your right foot turned out to 90 degrees, left foot to 45 degrees
- allow your right hand to touch the floor or rest on your right leg below or above the knee, and extend the fingertips of your left hand toward the ceiling
- turn your gaze toward the ceiling and hold for a minute
- stand and repeat on opposite side

Cobra

(Photo courtesy: Vahdaneh Vahid)

(Photo courtesy: Vahdaneh Vahid)

- lie face down on the floor with thumbs directly under shoulders, legs extended, with the tops of your feet on the floor
- tighten your pelvic floor and tuck hips downward as you squeeze your glutes
- press shoulders down and away from ears
- push through your thumbs and index fingers as you raise your chest toward the wall in front of you
- hold for a minute and repeat twice

Seated twist

(Photo courtesy: Vahdaneh Vahid)

(Photo courtesy: Vahdaneh Vahid)

- sit on the floor with your legs extended
- cross right foot over outside left thigh and bend left knee, right knee pointed toward ceiling
- place left elbow to the outside of right knee, and right hand on the floor behind you
- twist right as far as you can, moving from your abdomen; keep both sides of your butt on the floor
- hold for a minute, switch sides and repeat twice

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48
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