No doubt we’re living in extraordinarily stressful times. Everyone has their own way of coping, but a healthy mechanism to combat unease is always the best choice.

Try these yoga poses to ease anxiety and reprogram and restore your mind and body with a sense of calm.

Wide-Legged Forward Bend

  • Stand tall with your feet wide apart.
  • Take a deep breath in, then exhale as you bend forward from the hips.
  • Reach for your knees, shins, toes or floor.
  • Aim to touch the crown of your head on the floor between your hands.
  • Shake your head “yes” and “no” to relax the muscles in your head and neck.
  • Hold the pose for 10 deep breaths.

Reclined Bound Angle Pose

  • Lie down on your back, with your legs extended in front of you and your arms at your sides. Spread the fingers wide with the palms face up toward the ceiling.
  • Bend your knees and bring the bottoms of your feet together. Allow gravity to let the legs fall open.
  • Adjust the legs to your comfort level. Use yoga blocks under the knees for added support.
  • Relax your upper body and allow your body to become one with into the mat. Remain in the pose from one to five minutes, depending on your level of comfort.

Legs Up the Wall

  • Perform this pose near a wall. Lie on your back.
  • Raise the legs up and lie them flat against the wall.
  • Lay the arms along the sides of the body.
  • Relax and breathe deeply for 5-20 minutes.

Corpse Pose

  • Lay down on your mat. Allow your legs to relax wide and your arms to fall to the sides and away from your body.
  • Scan your body mentally. Relax and release all tension from the body. Breathe easily, inhaling and exhaling slowly.
  • Lay in corpse pose for as long as you desire.