Andrea Metcalf goes over some simple Yoga positions that will help you manage your stress.
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Manage Stress with Yoga Exercises Audra Lowe: When it comes in the upcoming holiday rush it is all about stay and clam, calm and cool. Andrea shows us how yoga could be the ultimate stress reliever in today’s getting fit. Andrea Metcalf: Are you having one of those days where everything is going a little crazy. The kids are calling, boss, work, and you are stressed so much by the end of the day that you’re not quite sure what to do to calm yourself, and we know that stresses isn’t good for us so I’m here Moksha yoga in Chicago with Matt Goldman, yoga instructor, tell us some things in yoga that can help us to relax. Matt Goldman: Yeah absolutely, the first thing you need to do to relax is create strength and balance and focus in the body and that allows the mind to relax and release all the stress of the day. Andrea Metcalf: Okay. Matt Goldman: So I will take you through a few poses. We can't start and down or facing dog. So it come your hands and knees and press your hips back and up to come in to down dog. From here spread your fingers, spread your toes and press you heels down, tighten your thighs and lift your tail a little bit higher, pull your lower navel in and up. And it is here that you have that strength and that balance and that real big stretch in your shoulders. Andrea Metcalf: Yeah, I can really feel it underneath my arms and even down the back of my legs. Matt Goldman: That’s it. So from here we will go to art of transcendence of B, half moon B pose. Step your right foot forward between your hands, press strongly through that front foot and raise your torso, raise that back leg up and lift your left arm to the sky, now open your hips, open your chest and it create balance in this pose, focus on a point and the wall in front of you. To drishti your gazing point and that’s really where the balance of the pose will come from. Andrea Metcalf: I feel it good. Matt Goldman: So from here will create more strength will move into warrior three, so engage your standing leg from the ankle to the hip and roll over the hip raise your torso and raise your arms up and front of you keep that back leg up and point the toes down. Create length from your heel to your finger tips and gaze it a point three to four feet in front of you. Andrea Metcalf: Wow I'm going over. Matt Goldman: I've got you I'm here for you. Andrea Metcalf: Thank you. Matt Goldman: So from this balance you are creating the focus in the mind and we will go back to an all favorite to finish it warrior one, so step back and plant that back heel down. Andrea Metcalf: Okay. Matt Goldman: Bend the front kneel a little bit deeper, square your hips toward the front of the mat and stretch strongly up through your arms and gaze upward. Andrea Metcalf: Oh, I can really feel that. Now that felt pretty good and you know having some water wouldn’t be a bad idea, would you do this on the other side then as well? Matt Goldman: Absolutely, you need to bring balance to both sides. Andrea Metcalf: Excellent, well next time you are having one of those days you’ve got four yoga poses, from Matt Goldman at www.mokshayoga.com I'm Andrea Metcalf, follow me on Twitter at Andrea Metcalf. Audra Lowe: Unless you can find other great workout ideas like how boxing can get you fit and boost confidence just by heading to our website and then click on the videos.