Thursday, 4 December 2008

Ten Quick Yoga Tips to Beat Stress

Feeling stressed? Tired? Overwhelmed by all the demands made on your time?

Choose one of these easy-to-do yoga stress busting tips to relax, unwind and regain control.

1. Sit down, close your eyes and relax your shoulders. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4 and slowly breathe out through your nose. Repeat 3 -5 times.

2. Shake and flap your hands for 1 -3 minutes. Rest them on your lap. Stroke down the left arm with your right hand. Repeat on the other arm.

3. Pretend to chew a large piece of gum, loudly smacking your lips as you chew.

4. Thump your chest and roar like Tarzan for 10 - 20 seconds.

5. Smile, laugh and share a joke with someone.

6. Grab a pen and a piece of paper - write the number 8 out at least 80 times.

7. Sitting on the edge of your chair, slowly bend forward and let your head hang down, grab hold of your ankles and stay like this as your take 5 - 7 rounds of deep breathing. Slowly come up.

8. Sit or stand comfortably, scrunch your face up, like a dried prune. Open your eyes look upwards; open your mouth, stretch out your tongue and Roarrrrrr like a lion. Repeat until you feel powerful, calm and in control.

9. Stand up and tap your whole body with your cupped hands. Keep cupping and tapping over your whole body and gently tap your head.

10. Stand straight/sit comfortable with a straight spine. Inhale and raise your arms out to either side and upward. Place your palms together over your head. Exhale. Keep your palms together and lower your hands to your heart. Close your eyes and quietly smile to your self as you Give Thanks for your health, your life and the magic of your soul.

That's it. Choose any one of these Quick Yoga Tips to reduce stress and see what difference it makes to your mood. I am sure who will feel calm, refocused and energised.

Ntathu Allen, Yoga and Meditation Teacher works with women who want a richer, more fulfilling life for themselves and their families. She teaches you easy yoga postures, meditation practices and relaxation techniques to help you live a healthier, wealthier and happier stress-free life. To find out more go to:> and sign up for your copy of Ntathu's free monthly yoga Inspires enewsletter. The newsletter contains a goldmine of tips, techniques and strategies you can use to become healthier, wealthier and happier.


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