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Five Yoga Moves You Should Do Every Day

Felling stressed? I think we all are. Navigating our relationships, careers and a growing to-do list is overwhelming, no matter how good we are at managing it all.

I’m always seeking new ways to calm my mind and create peace within myself. You, too? To help, I wanted my monthly write-up for The Chalkboard Mag to be centered around developing sanity.

Enter yoga instructor Molly Mitchell-Hardt. I worked closely with her to learn a series of calming moves I could practice daily. You can do these anywhere, anytime to decrease anxiety.

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Hold each pose as recommended, but make changes that fit your personal comfort. Repeat each position as your mind/body desires.

1. Seated Meditation: A mere 5 minutes of seated meditation each morning can significantly calm your mind ahead of a busy day. Pick a quiet area to check in with yourself, and to be still with your thoughts. This will leave you feeling clear and emotionally centered. Hold: 5 minutes.

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Forward Fold: If you begin to feel overwhelmed mid-day, take a few minutes to hang in a forward fold. This move calms your central nervous system, reduces anxiety and elongates your spine. You’ll also give your hamstrings and low back a well-deserved stretch, especially if your workday consists of sitting at a desk. Hold: 5-10 deep breaths.

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Standing Pigeon: When a hectic day results in a scattered brain, try doing this move. The standing pigeon increases both circulation and your ability to focus. This position will also strengthen your thighs and open your hips, making it easier to stand or sit for long periods of time. Hold: 3-5 deep breaths.

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Child’s Pose: This is another ideal move to practice when you feel overwhelmed. The child’s pose has a calming effect on the mind. This position also allows you to easily regulate your breathing, which helps reduce stress and anxiety. You’ll find this especially helpful midday, when stress levels often peak. Hold: 5-10 deep breaths.

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Shoulder Stand: The shoulder stand is a great move to do before bed, because it helps reduce insomnia. We’re showing you how to do this move on The Chalkboard Mag today — click HERE to see it! It works miracles for the mind.

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Lets all make it a goal to practice at least one of these five moves everyday. Calming your mind + working your body = happiness.

Photos by Annie Shak