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5 Yoga Stretches To De-Stress At Uni

21 Oct 2015
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TAKE SOME TIME OUT AMIDST UNI DEADLINES AND A HEFTY WORK LOAD TO DE-STRESS WITH THESE 5 YOGA STRETCHES THAT YOU CAN DO IN YOUR BEDROOM!

With deadlines looming and your to-do list piling sky high, you’re bound to feel stressed.

While your student budget may not allow for regular classes at the local yoga studio, you can still enjoy the stress-relieving perks of yoga.

Yoga stretches releases the ‘happy’ hormone oxytocin, which fills your body with relaxing, positive vibes.

So if you’re feeling under pressure, give these five stretches a try!

Note:  If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, seek advice from your Doctor or a qualified Yoga instructor before attempting the below.

 

1. Cobra

  • Lay flat on your stomach with your feet together and your palms flat next to your ribcage
  • Slowly press through your hands, while lifting your chest as you arch up and back
  • Press your arms down to the ground, pulling your shoulders away from your ears
  • Arch your back as much as is comfortable – don’t overstretch
  • Hold the stretch for at least 20 seconds
  • Slowly move your body back down to the mat

See how to do the stretch…

 

2. Pigeon Pose

  • Start on all fours with your knees directly beneath your hips, and your hands directly below your shoulders, fingers spread
  • Bend your right knee and slide it forward next to your right wrist (your right heel should be just under your left hip)
  • Extend your left leg straight behind you, with your toes tucked under
  • Inhale, and expand your chest while looking upward
  • Exhale, and slowly lower your chest and head towards the floor
  • Release the pose: inhale while raising your head and chest up
  • Bring your back leg forward and return to all fours
  • Repeat on the other side

See how to do the stretch…

 

3. Downward Dog

  • Kneel down on all fours and spread your fingers
  • Curl your toes under and push your hips up and backward
  • Do this while straightening your legs and bringing yourself into an upside down V-shaped position
  • There should be a 90 degree angle between your legs and your torso
  • Keep your head aligned between your arms – don’t lift it up
  • Release the pose by lowering your knees back down to the mat

See how to do the stretch…

 

4. Extended Child’s Pose

  • Sit on your knees with your arms at either side of your body facing the floor
  • Open up your knees slightly so that your belly has room to drop
  • Walk your hands forward, using your palms and legs to support your weight
  • Breathing normally, stay in this position for as long as is comfortable
  • Slowly slide your arms back to your sides while lifting your head and upper body
  • Repeat the stretch

See how to do the stretch…

 

5. Corpse Pose

  • Lay flat on your back and close your eyes
  • Stretch your arms and legs out to the side
  • Completely relax: let go of your thoughts and breath normally
  • Stay in this position until your body feels light and relaxed

See how to do the stretch…