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Stretch away stress with this 10-minute yoga routine

Stress is one of the biggest contributors to muscle tension and lack of sleep

Vahdaneh Vahid

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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

- 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

- 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

- 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

- 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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