Are you finding yourself consistently stressed or feeling a lot of tension in your body?

Yoga as a practice helps to ease both your mind and body and has been shown to help relieve stress for many. However today, we are going to look at what yoga poses are specifically suited to relieving stress!

Downward Dog

Kicking off our list is one of the most widely recognised yoga poses by far, the downward dog. This pose helps you to elongate your spine which will help release tension. This pose is an essential component of sun salutations and is normally a regular pose during a yoga class. When in this pose, your heart is higher than your head so the flow of blood to the brain also calms the nervous system and improves concentration which helps relieve stress.

Eagle Pose

Not one of the easiest poses to do, but definitely a beneficial one! This standing pose requires and helps develop focus, balance and serenity.  Because of the level of concentration needed to do the pose, it helps you shift negative thoughts and focus which helps relieve stress. The pose also opens the back lungs which increases breathing capacity, which is also a great way of de-stressing

Legs on a Wall

We haven’t got a fancy name for this one, but this is especially great if you work long hours on your feet! The pose requires you to put your legs against a wall (as the name would suggest) whilst lying down, this helps circulation around your legs and feet and also releases fatigue. The release of tension from your legs will effectively help to de-stress your body.Le

Thunderbolt Pose

This is a traditional seated pose that is often used for meditation and yogic breathing exercises. This position has a calming effect on the mind and body which helps you to unwind after a stressful day. This position is also good for relieving tension from the digestive system so if you carry your tension in your abdomen, this position will help relieve that tension.


Commonly known as ‘the easy pose’ this seated pose is pretty much iconic in the yoga world! It helps promote groundedness as well as helping you find your inner calm. The pose amplifies the body’s state of serenity which will help you to de-stress and feel tranquil rather than anxious.

These are just a few yoga poses that can help you de-stress, but we highly recommend yoga as a whole for many things. Strength conditioning, toning, stress relief and daily exercise are all major reasons why people choose yoga.

At MADE we have a variety of yoga classes ranging from our more spiritual, peaceful classes to our more fast-paced workout centric yoga classes. Our classes are perfect whether you are a beginner or a Yoga Pro and are a great way to help de-stress. Click here to see what Yoga Classes we have on or you can browse our memberships and get the full ‘Made to OM’ package which includes access to ALL of our yoga classes!