Best poses to destress your body

  • Yoga moves that help you tone and slim your belly, butt, legs, and hips.
  • Anecdotal evidence and research suggest this ancient fitness practice has endless health benefits, from boosting heart health to alleviating anxiety.
  • And off course getting bendy can make you leaner and more beautiful too.
  • Yoga burns calories, battles cellulite, and may make you look and feel younger.
  • Click through for some of the best moves for every body part now.

Upper Arms- Dolphin Pose

How to do it:

  • Begin on your hands and knees, and then lower your elbows to the floor, shoulder-distance apart.
  • Interlace fingers, tuck your toes, and press hips up to create a long line between elbows and sitting bones (aka your butt).
  • Slowly squeeze your upper arms inward to work biceps, triceps, and shoulders. Breathe and repeat.

Abs and Lower Belly- Boat Pose

How to do it:

  • Sit up high and straight, hands beneath your knees.
  • Slowly tighten your abs and lift your feet off the floor, knees bent, with your legs at a 45-degree angle. If this feels easy, straighten your legs and arms.
  • Breathe and slowly lower.

Legs-Downward Dog Split Pose

How to do it:

  • Begin on hands and knees.
  • Take a big breath out and push into Downward Dog by straightening legs and lifting your hips and butt in the air.
  • Relax head between straightened arms.
  • Exhale and lift one leg as high as you can into the air, flexing foot. Repeat on other side.

Hips-Cow Pose

How to do it:

    • Start on your hands and knees, and slide your right leg back to cross over your left leg.
    • Gradually sit back between your heels, using a rolled up towel or block if you can’t sit on the ground.
    • Hold as long as you feel comfortable, and then switch legs and repeat.
    • This move looks relaxing but is one of the toughest hip strengtheners and openers.

Chest-Plank Pose

How to do it:

      • Think of this move as the top half of a push-up.
      • Start with your hands and knees on a mat, hands directly under shoulders and knees right below hips (if this is hard on your wrists over your arms and rest on elbows). Lift up and straighten legs.
      • Tighten your abs and keep your eyes on one spot in front of you.

Love Handles-Side Plank Pose

How to do it:

      • From plank position, press your right hand into a mat and turn your body so your weight is on the outer edge of your right foot. Brace your core and keep your arms elevated over your head.
      • Option to bend your leg and place it behind you for support, or, if you’re super fit, to rock a few mid-air.

A Strong Back-Locust Pose

How to do it:

  • This pose strengthens and stretches the muscles in your lower back and along the spine.
  • Lie face down, press your legs together, and lift legs off the floor.
  • Then lift your arms straight back behind you and lift your chest, coming into a mini-Cobra in the front.

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