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
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.
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:
- 5 Yoga Poses To Practice First Thing In The Morning
- Build An Awesome Core With This 10-Minute Yoga Sequence
- A Yoga Sequence To Spring Clean Your Mind And Body
Lauren Imparato — author of RETOX and one of the "100 Women in Wellness to Watch" and Elle’s "This is 30" — resigned her job as a vice president on the Wall Street trading floors in 2009 to launch I.AM.YOU, a wellness lifestyle company based on yoga, nourishment and music. In NYC and across the globe, she is renowned for her straight up, real approach to wellness and life. Imparato’s yoga classes are known for their attention to anatomy, sweat and tradition within the chaotic modern lives we lead, and are always paired with signature MusicMixes including genres like rock, salsa, jazz, hip hop and more. She has been featured in Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Self, The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, CNN and countless others and writes for MindBodyGreen, PositiveMed and her own blog with a social media following of over 250,000. Imparato has led I.AM.YOU. classes for tens of thousands of people in Spain, Cannes Film Festival, Ibiza Opening Weekend and, most recently, all of Times Square and the great lawn of Central Park. She graduated from Princeton University.