It’s okay if you’ve been feeling a little bummed out lately. Really, we’re all feeling it. We’re living in uncertain times and just trying to make the best out of our national lockdown (and its extension). While we can’t control lockdown, we can control how we respond to it. Now more than ever, radical self-care is a necessity. That’s why we’ve rounded up 3 mood-boosting yoga moves you should be doing daily. This little dose of endorphins will go a long way (even if you can’t).
This pose is ridiculously restorative. Seriously… It’s known to reduce stress and fatigue as it gently stretches the muscles in our lower back. If you’re feeling a tension knot forming in your lower back, this is the go-to mood-boosting yoga pose for you.
While you can include this pose in a more intricate routine, it’s also a good one to do on the fly. If you’re feeling a bit stressed out, you can do this for a few deep breaths and regain your calm. Let your anxiety sink into the mat as your muscles ease up. It’s known as a “quieting pose” – so use it if you feel your inner-monologue needs some shhh-ing.
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Standing figure four pose
This one may look a bit complicated, but it’s a great way to test your focus and balance. Also known as the “half chair” pose, this position packs a punch and you’re sure to feel it in your legs. You’ll also be engaging your core (big time), so the endorphins will be flowing.
The fact that this pose demands quite a bit of balance means that you’ll have to focus to nail it. This can be good. Focussing on a yoga pose will give you a break from thinking about the other stresses in your life – like, you know, a global pandemic.
Happy baby pose
It’s all in the name! The happy baby pose genuinely does make you feel like a child again. It’s not the kind of position adults get themselves into, but a baby on a blanket can often be seen pulling this move, and for good reason.
This deep stretch is the king of mood-boosting yoga moves because it releases any stress that may be lingering in your loins. Once you’re comfortable in this pose, you can add some gentle rocking motions along your spine. Rock back and forth slowly – this does wonders for your back and it’s sure to leave you smiling. This one is also a great cool-down exercise for after a home workout.