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Are you anxious?

It's the summertime and for some, this is a time where you are getting much-needed rest, time away traveling, and time to just be and play. However, for some this may be a time when the kids are out and you're wrestling with trying to find things for them to do. You may be trying to tackle working and also trying to be heavily involved in keeping your kids preoccupied. This type of feeling can leave you feeling anxious or stressed out trying to multitask and do all the things.

When you feel consumed by your day before it has even started try these yoga poses to help release anxiety, and stress not only in your body but also in your mind.

  1. Child's pose

In the child's pose, you will bring your big toes to touch and your knees out wide. Allow your hips to sit back towards your heel and stretch your fingertips towards the top of your mat. Place your forehead on a block, blanket, or mat, and just simply breathe. This is a great pose to allow yourself to settle. It allows you to come back to your breath, Ujaji (inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your nose) creates an ocean-type sound.

*Note: if child pose hurts your knees or provides in the level of pain and alternate pose is an easy seat or Supta Baddha Konasana *

Sukhasana (Easy pose, easy seat) Supta Baddha Konasana (Butterfly pose)

2. Tree Pose

The tree pose reminds us that we can find our roots, and our grounding even when it may seem as if we have lost our balance. Tree pose helps you to re-ground, to come back to self. When your thoughts have taken over your mind, you can find grounding within yourself. In this pose, you start by rooting and grounding down in your standing foot. Bring softness to your knees not locking it out. You can do a kickstand with the other foot, place your foot on your shins or you can place your foot on your thighs. Allow yourself to feel like a tree planted and rooted down into the earth. Feel your roots traveling down so much that you're able to grow your branches (your tree). Root down to Rise Up.

3. Cat/Cow Pose

Cat and Cow pose helps you to pull the energy up from the base of your spine up to the crown of your head. It allows you to open your heart to receive and pull in what you may need to feel at peace. You start in a tabletop position with your shoulder stacked over your wrist and your hips stacked with your knees. As you inhale (arch your back) look up towards the sky (ceiling). As you exhale pull into the center line (gaze at your belly button).

4. Standing Forward Bend

Standing forward bend reminds us that when you feel overwhelmed or as if you can't take the pressure you can release it. This bend reminds us that surrendering does mean that you give up or that you wave the white flag. It means you are letting go of the things, thoughts, and people that are no longer serving you. In this bend, you can place your feet parallel to your hips and shoulders. You can also bring your big toes to touch and heels apart (do what feels safe in your body). Create a soft bend into your knees and allow your upper body to fold forward; releasing your neck and your head. Allow yourself to completely let go.

5. Seated Forward Fold

The seated forward fold reminds us of the importance of always remaining rooted and grounded. In surrendering, we must stay true and rooted in what keeps us grounded. It reminds us that we are supported through the ebb and flow of life. This is performed in a seated position. Allow yourself to get grounded through your sit bones and slightly bent knees. Fold through your hips towards your feet. You do not need to touch your toes. Allow your hands to land wherever they land and surrender to the posture.

You are the creator of your reality. When you feel as if the world is turning upside down turn to these tools to help you remain rooted and grounded. Know that you are supported, you are loved and you are free.

With love,

Founder (Felicia R. Hall)

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