Learn Yoga moves that will help you beat the stress. Incorporate these relaxing exercises to soothe yourself.
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Stress can bring on headaches, stomach problems, colds and even heart disease. But did you know that it can also wreak havoc in your waist line? Stress boosts belly fat in two ways. It increases levels of cortisol; the hormone that is thought to direct fat to your middle and it can cause you to overeat in an effort to reduce tension. For a better way to relax, try yoga. It relieves tension and lowers cortisol levels. Here our six stress busting yoga moves to get you started. Try the neck stretch. Just press your palm down as you stretch your ear away from your shoulder and feel that nice stretch. Of course try it on both sides and then the camel pose. Come on to your knees, tuck your toes under and place your hands in to the small of your back. We’re going to open through that chest and heart as we reach our body up and over; imagine going up and over a beach ball. Relax the head and just breath. And then try the rabbit pose. You’re going to go ahead and grab on to those heels. Drop the crown of the head towards the earth, forehead towards the knees. You’re going to lift up on that tailbone, slightly lower the head and then pull the tail bone up to stretch through the spine. Another great one are side bends. Just come to a seated position, sit up nice and tall and then reach up, really strong all the way up and over. Feel that stretch up and then the other side. Come up and over. And a favorite of mine, the fish pose. Take your feet out, lengthen them, place your hands under the gluteus and then lay back. Imagine coming up and over a sharp object as you lift through the chest and heart. Drop the head back and then just scoot up onto those hands to your comfort level and relax. And last but not least, legs up. Go ahead and grab a chair or you can place your fee up the wall, bring your body a little closer. Lay down to the floor, legs come up and over and just relax. Now, for more ways to reduce stress, check out prevention.com.