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Stress-busting techniques - Part 6

Tip: Beginner and intermediate yogis probably won't be able to get their heels down on the ground, so just go as far as you can. Once you feel a point of tightness, stop there and breathe into the pose. Yoga is all about respecting your body and its boundaries.

TREE POSE

How to do it: Standing nice and tall, push your left foot into the ground as you raise your right foot up and place the bottom of your foot on the side of your left calf. Balance in this pose as you reach your arms up over your head. Hold here for five deep breaths, and then switch sides.

What it does: This yoga pose tests your balance and your focus. As you do it over time, you'll be able to hold it longer and longer without wobbling or losing your balance.

Tip: Think of your standing leg as the roots, your body as the trunk, and your arms as the limbs of a tree. Really push down into the earth and up into the sky to get a full stretch (and more challenging balance work).

Stress-busting techniques

CHILD'S POSE

How to do it: This pose may have “child” in its name, but it's certainly not just for kids! Sitting back on your heels, bring your forehead to the ground. Bring your arms and hands back by your heels. Simply breathe and relax for five breaths.

What it does: This pose is great for relaxing the body, and stretching out your legs and upper back.

Tip: If it's uncomfortable to sit with your heels under your booty, try widening the stance of your feet. It's also fine if you can't bring your forehead all the way to the ground. Again, do what's right for your body.

CORPSE POSE

How to do it: Act like a dead person! No, really. Lie on your back with your arms out to your sides and your palms up. Let your feet naturally turn outward. Take ten super-slow and deep breaths.

What it does: This restorative yoga pose is all about relaxation. You'll definitely want to go to sleep after this one!

Tip: Try not to “do” anything in this pose. Now is the time to completely let go and just be.

BEST RELAXING YOGA DVDS

There are so many good yoga DVDs out there! Here's a list of our five favorite DVDs that are guaranteed to chill you out. The best part? You can find most of them online for less than 15 dollars!

1. Yoga for Stress Relief & Flexibility. With two 30-minute workouts to choose from, this yoga DVD has just the right mix of stretching and relaxation.

2. Shiva Rea Surf Yoga Soul. With seven mix-and-match workout options, this video gives you a great variety of meditation exercises, flexibility, and a little toning — all with a surfer vibe that's super cool.

3. Bob Harper's Inside Out Method: Yoga for the Warrior. Don't let the tough name fool you; this workout makes you feel great. It's a full hour and does incorporate some strength work, but by the end you will be in a relaxed state of bliss.

4. AM and PM Yoga for Beginners. With a 30-minute segment to do in the morning and one to do in the evening; we swear by the latter pm. workout before bed. It feels more like a reward than a workout.

5. Rodney Yee's Daily Yoga. A smorgasbord of yoga styles and types, this DVD features five 20-minute workouts to get you Zenned out, no matter if your body is craving standing poses, stretching, or deep breathing.

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