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10 yoga poses to beat stress

By Alex Orlov, Life by DailyBurn
updated 10:47 AM EDT, Tue July 29, 2014
<strong>Toe Squat:</strong> Tuck your toes under your feet. Lean back so your bottom is balanced on your heels. Feel a stretch in the arches of the feet and the toe joints. Focus on lengthening your spine so it's straight, and bring your attention to your breath. Remain here for 1 minute. Toe Squat: Tuck your toes under your feet. Lean back so your bottom is balanced on your heels. Feel a stretch in the arches of the feet and the toe joints. Focus on lengthening your spine so it's straight, and bring your attention to your breath. Remain here for 1 minute.
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10 yoga poses to beat stress
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Yoga can boost immunity, fight food cravings and relieve stress
  • Several poses are dedicated to meditation that increases awareness
  • Practicing yoga at night can help you sleep better

(Life by DailyBurn) -- If you're struggling with sky-high stress levels, yoga can be a great way to calm your mind while giving your body the attention it deserves.

Finding 'relief and release' with yoga

It may seem counterintuitive that twisting yourself into a pretzel can promote relaxation, but it's true! Studies show that yoga has a whole host of benefits; it can boost immunity, fight food cravings, and can even help relieve stress since most practices dedicate several poses to meditation that brings your thoughts and feelings into awareness.

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"The key to de-stressing is realizing how to calm the mind and be present," says world-renowned yogi and DailyBurn trainer Briohny Smyth.

No time for "me" time? To balance family life with the demands of a busy career, Smyth wakes up extra early to dedicate time to her own personal practice.

"It's really important for me to start the day calm and clearheaded," she says.

But where's a new yogi to start? Smyth developed the beginner-friendly sequence of yoga poses above to promote physical and mental awareness and help tame tension. If you're practicing at night (which can help you sleep better, she recommends you end in savasana (corpse pose) or viparita karani, where your back is pressed on the ground and your legs are up the wall.

If you're practicing in the morning, Smyth suggests beginning and ending with a seated meditation.

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