4 Yoga Poses for Relieving Stress After a Long Week

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There's no better feeling than leaving the office on a Friday evening knowing you have an entire weekend ahead of you to spend however you want. But for those long weeks when even Friday night leaves you feeling high strung and worried about work, you need a serious de-stress session. Enter this relaxing and rejuvenating yoga flow from Y7 Yoga instructor and founder Sarah Levey. She shared a few poses with Women's Health designed to work on balance, opening your hips, and stretching your muscles. If you spend your workweek hunched over a computer screen sitting at a desk, you need these poses in your life. Ready to let go of thoughts of emails, spreadsheets, and meetings? Hit the mat and try these four poses for serious stress relief. Namaste.

Downward Dog

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1. Place your hands shoulder-distance apart on your mat.

2. Step your feet firmly at the back of your mat, forming a V-shape with your body.

3. Work to bring your heels as close to the ground as possible.

It’s very important to be aware of where your head and neck are a pose. Since the neck is part of your spine, so it should follow the same direction in a natural line.

Warrior II

Warrior II - Virabhadrasana II
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1. From downward dog, lift your right leg up and step it through your arms with your foot landing between your palms.

2. Make a 90-degree angle with your left foot and keep your right foot facing forward.

3. As you inhale, keep your right knee bent and bring your upper body up with arms stretched straight out to each side.

Begin with a small knee bend. Glance down and make sure you can see your big toe. To ensure that you have the correct alignment, imagine drawing a line from your kneecap to your second toe. If you can't do so, rotate your hips and back foot to the front of the mat as needed to get the proper alignment.

Peaceful Warrior

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1. From Warrior II, reach your right arm up and over your body with your left arm reaching down your left leg.

2. Keep your front knee bent.

3. Wrap your left arm around your body and press your hand into your hip for a little extra stretch.

As you open your chest toward the ceiling and keep your gaze up, take at least three deep breaths.

Low-Lunge Twist

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1. On an exhale, windmill your hands down to the mat framing your right foot in a low lunge position.

2. On an inhale, reach your right arm up to the sky, twisting from your chest.

3. Keep your left hand planted on the ground.

This pose strengthens the hip joints and increases flexibility. It also stretches the chest and front body and squeezing the lower abdomen gently massages those muscles.

Head to Women's Health for more relaxing yoga poses.

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