5 Key Yoga Inversions to Erase Stress and Boost Your Mood
Like a bad chain reaction, stress and anxiety build up from your back to your shoulders and neck. So how can you relieve tension in these tight areas? Sometimes putting your heart above your head is just what you need to feel better. And in yoga, that's exactly what inversions are for. The movement of drawing yourself in can provide some mood-boosting benefits. A recent study from the Psychology, Health & Medicine journal shows that yoga postures can help reduce depressive symptoms and psychological distress. Heather Peterson, chief yoga officer at CorePower Yoga says, "[Inversions] draw your attention inward and ground you literally to your mat. It calms the mind and centers you for your yoga practice or anytime during the day." From Downward Dog to Crow Pose, these beginner yoga inversions will help lengthen and improve circulation.
Directions: Move through each pose, aiming to hold them for three to five breaths.