Try This 2-Minute Yoga Workout To Beat Stress & Anxiety

There is no point in trying to ignore stress. Doing so will likely just make you more anxious. In my upcoming book, RETOX, I dedicate an entire chapter to busting stress and anxiety. But here is a special sequence made just for mbg readers! Use this five-pose sequence to overcome anxiety and become stronger after it passes.

Watch the video, and click below for more detailed instructions of each pose.

1. Chair Pose

Bend your knees, take your arms up and look at your thumbs, make sure your feet are touching and knees are in line. Hold for five to 10 breaths

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2. Angled Chair Pose

From a normal chair, lean halfway forward, hovering your ribs and abdomen over your thighs. Pull your abdomen up towards your spine and breathe here for five to 10 breaths.

3. Warrior Three

Inhale take your right leg behind you and straighten your left leg. Lift your abdomen towards your spine so you feel like your torso is floating above your femur bone rather than pressing down into it. Breathe here for five to 10 breaths.

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4. Angled Lunge

Reach your right foot to the back of the mat, coming into a lunge position. Reach your arms up towards your ears. Make sure your back leg is straight and stay here for five to 10 breaths.

5. Crescent Lunge

From angled lunge, place your back knee to the floor and lift your arms up. Let your back quadricep reach forward and down towards the floor. Make sure your front knee is directly over your ankle, not in front of it. Hold for five to 10 breaths.

Repeat routine on the other side of the body.

Video by mbg productions; photos taken by Lina Gonzalez; gifs created by Chloe Bulpin

Here are a few more yoga sequences to try:

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