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Regroup With a Yoga Move

Timeless Fitness Tip

Yoga is widely known for its ability to reduce stress and promote a calm, relaxed state. This state reduces the stress hormone levels, decreases the heart rate and lowers blood pressure.

You needn't be into yoga for this pose - this pose is simple and benefits everyone when feeling crazed from a hectic day. Give it a try!

The Yoga Move

Here is what to do:

Lie on the floor with your legs raised against a wall, arms in a comfortable position; exhale through your nose five times in short, sharp breaths and repeat the breaths a total of ten times.

Regroup with the yoga move wall stretch

Walking Silhouette This position drains the blood that can pool in your lower legs and ankles after being on your feet all day. The breathing clears your head while filling your lungs with fresh air.

For added effect - if you wish, light a calming aromatherapy candle with the tangy scents of lime and ginger.

Total investment time: Five minutes for a relaxed evening!

If you have children to tend to, have them join you and settle them down a bit, too!

Yoga Matters

Increase confidence, control stress and promote peace of mind -- it's all in the poses. Yoga also improves your posture and circulation, and increases your flexibility, strength and coordination. Many cities have a yoga association that provides information about various types of classes. Check the Yellow Pages under "yoga instruction," or call a local fitness center for the names of studios. You can also purchase yoga videos in many choices of yoga styles from gentle, relaxing yoga routines, to power yoga routines that challenge your cardiovascular system and strengthen and tone your muscles, in addition to giving you much more flexibility. See also: Safety Tips for Yoga Beginners

Meltdown Meditation

Everything's coming at you at once. Don't explode -- try a little yoga trick that can calm you down in an instant. Place one hand on your belly and breathe deep; exhale slowly. Relax your shoulders. As you breathe, gently push your belly out so your hand rises as you inhale and falls as you exhale.

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