10 Yoga Poses to Help Stop Stress in Its Tracks

Stress can feel so all-consuming, can’t it? Whether you’re in crisis mode or just coping with a lot of background stress, finding natural ways to relieve that pressure can be difficult. Usually when you’re stressed, spare time is at a premium, so dropping everything to do a series of yoga poses is probably not high on your to-do list.

The great thing about the yoga poses below is that you can do just one or two—or the whole series of 10 moves—to feel a difference.

You don’t have to be a yogi to get some of yoga’s stress-busting benefits. There are yoga poses on this list suitable for beginners and more intermediate postures. Pick and choose the pose or poses that feel most relaxing to you.

10 Yoga Poses for Stress

1. Child’s Pose – What’s more soothing than this relaxation pose?

2. Extended Puppy Pose – My back feels less tense just thinking about it!

3. Dolphin Pose – Dolphin is a bit more strenuous and great for getting that angst out of your system.

4. Cobra – That stretch in the chest and belly is a wonderful release for pent up tension.

5. Standing Forward Bend – I love just hanging out in forward bend! If you can keep your balance, it’s extra nice to close your eyes in this posture.

6. Plow – I like transitioning into this pose from Shoulder Stand. The inversion really gives you a new perspective, and this pair of poses is just strenuous enough to help blow off some steam.

7. Triangle – Another good stretch for your chest, this one helps release tension along the sides of your body, too!

8. Easy Pose – Sitting up straight and focusing on your breath is such a nice break from fretting about real life!

Related: 4 Breathing Techniques to Ease Anxiety

9. Cat and Cow Poses – I like cycling between these two postures, doing cow on the inhale and cat on the exhale. So relaxing!

10. Seated Twist – Talk about releasing tension! This stretches so many of the places where we store stress – the shoulders, spine, neck, and chest!

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Lesa D
Lesa D2 months ago

accessible poses that really ease stress!!!

namaste Becky...

W. C
W. C7 months ago


William C
William C7 months ago

Thank you.

Sonia M

Good post thanks for sharing

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla9 months ago

I do all of these in my yoga routine, indeed they help a lot!

Jim V
Jim Ven10 months ago


Jerome S
Jerome S10 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Carl R
Carl R10 months ago


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Jerome S11 months ago


Jim V
Jim Ven11 months ago

thanks for sharing.