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7 Best Yoga Moves to Reduce Anxiety

2 MIN READ • 15th August 2022
Daniella Gray by Daniella Gray

Feeling overwhelmed recently? We don’t blame you. Unwind and de-stress with Dr Nitasha Buldeo, the Organic Apoteke founder who demonstrates the best yoga flow moves – that also include breathing exercises – to reduce anxiety.

Inhale and exhale

Stand with feet under hips, lengthen the muscles of back and move crown of head towards the ceiling to gain as much length in the body. Place hands on either side of hips with palms facing outwards. Inhale as you take your hands out to the sides and upwards and over your head. Once all the way up, turn palms outwards and exhale as you bring arms down the side of body and back to hips. Repeat this inhalation and exhalation sequence 3 times.

Standing forward bend

Inhale to take hands above head then then exhale as you push buttocks back and fold forward from the hip bringing hand to feet or just hanging down towards feet.

Downward dog

Bend your knees, place hand on the ground and then walk hands forward into downward dog pose. Stay in this pose for 3 to 6 breaths.

Table-top

From downward dog, slowly bend your knees and bring them to the ground into table-top pose. Take a deep breath in.

Cat and cow stretch

As you exhale bring your chin to your chest, contract your chest and contract your belly into cow pose. This deepens the upward curve of your spine. Then begin to inhale by pushing out the upper belly, then the chest and extend the neck by looking forward into cat pose. This deepens the downward curve of your spine.

Cobra

Gently lengthen your legs behind you and come down to lie on your belly, hands on either side of your chest. Then as you inhale slowly raise your head and chest off the ground, while you push your hips and thighs into the ground. This is cobra pose

Child’s pose

From cobra pose, keep the hands firmly grounded, then bring the head and chest downwards as you push your buttocks backwards toward your heels. When buttocks touch heels, lengthen your spine and bring forehead to rest on ground. Relax in child’s pose for a few minutes.

Repeat this flow 2 or 3 times daily or whenever feeling anxious of overwhelmed.

Meet the writer
Daniella Gray
Editorial assistant

Being able to write about everything that's important to me (exercising for mental wellbeing and delicious food, of course) to help people meet their health goals is pretty special. Before emails, I'm usually in the front-room with a dumbbell and on weekends, there's nothing better than the Kent countryside for a leisurely stroll.

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