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Yoga for Anxiety

These Practices Will Allow You to (Finally!) Let Go of Stress & Anxiety

Release your tension and relax with these grounding practices.

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It’s the start of November, which means it’s also the start of the holiday season. And while it’s true that this can be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be a lot. If you’re experiencing increased stress or anxiety during this time, these practices will allow you to calm down and relax in a matter of minutes. So, sneak away from your family and your to-do list for a few minutes, and try one of these soothing practices. You deserve it.

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A 16-Minute Practice to Ease Stress and Anxiety

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In this practice, you’ll move through a series of restorative postures—allowing your body (and mind) to rest and restore. Yoga teacher Suzanne Manafort guides you through a flow that will increase your bodily awareness and help you to connect to the earth—as well as your breath. Practice now.

A Practice to Help You (Finally) Relax

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Transitioning to a restorative practice can be tricky. If you’ve come off a long day at work, you may be feeling increasingly stressed or anxious when you get to your mat. In this practice, yoga teacher Jillian Pransky helps you relax and transition into the right headspace with series of restorative postures. Practice now.

Reconnect With Your Breath In This Energizing Flow

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Dig deeper into your breath in this 23-minute flow with yoga teacher Leah Cullis. As you move through these energizing poses—like Utkatasana (Chair Pose) and Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)—you’ll feel your body expand, and any stress, despair, or anxiety that you’ve been holding onto will melt away. Practice now.

Start Your Day With This Grounding Sequence

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This rhythmic practice is guided by the pace of your breath. Join yoga teacher Jillian Pransky to move through a series of grounding postures before transitioning to upper-body opening postures. You’ll feel calmer, more open, and less tense after this practice. Practice now.

See also: A Centering Sequence for When There’s Too Much on Your Plate