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Health & Wellness: Five Easy Yoga Poses

Picture this: today, you have a two hour lab, a huge midterm, and a dreaded presentation. You’ve studied for hours, but feel like nothing could possibly prepare you for the day ahead.

As college students, we know that life can get pretty crazy. It may feel like there’s no time in your busy day to de-stress. But fear not; with just a few spare minutes and the power of yoga, you’ll be in a state of zen in no time.

According to the American Osteopathic Association, yoga has a variety of benefits for both the body and mind, including weight loss, muscle tone and stress relief. The following poses are quick, simple and proven to decrease anxiety.

Pose No. 1: Child’s Pose

Holly Hansmeier demonstrating ‘Child’s Pose’ // Photo taken by Hannah Wong

This is a rest pose that stretches your upper body and brings you close to the floor. Rest your torso on your knees and lean forward, bringing your forehead to the ground.

 

Pose No. 2: Corpse Pose

Holly Hansmeier demonstrating ‘Corpse Pose’ // Photo taken by Hannah Wong

This is a pretty easy one. Lie with your back on the ground and your arms at your side. Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply.

 

Pose No. 3: Cat/Cow Pose

Holly Hansmeier demonstrating part one of ‘Cat/Cow Pose’ // Photo taken by Hannah Wong

Holly Hansmeier demonstrating part two of ‘Cat/Cow Pose’ // Photo taken by Hannah Wong

This pose helps to stretch your lower back and relieve tension from your spine. Get on all fours and round your back upwards, before arching it downwards. Repeat. This is great after a long day of sitting in uncomfortable, lecture hall desks.

 

Pose No. 4: Bridge Pose

Holly Hansmeier demonstrating ‘Bridge Pose’ // Photo taken by Hannah Wong

This pose relieves tension from your legs and spine. Lay on your back with your legs bent, then lift your lower back off of the ground. Repeat.

 

Pose No. 5: ‘Easy’ Pose, or Sukhasana

Holly Hansmeier demonstrating ‘Easy Pose’ // Photo taken by Hannah Wong

Finally, finish off with the ‘easy’ pose. Sit with your bottom on the ground and your legs crossed. Rest your hands on your knees and breathe.

 

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