Stretch Your Stress Away

Let stress get you down — on the floor, that is. This simple yoga stretch will melt stress away at the start or finish of your busy day. Don't forget to breathe: Listening to your breath in each pose helps release tension. Repeat pose once.

Legs Up on Wall (Viparita Karini) Lie down on back, buttocks close to the wall, knees bent. If desired, place folded blanket under hips for added support. Extend legs up wall and straighten. Extend arms to sides, palms up. Inhale/exhale while holding pose for five minutes. Release by rolling to right side.

— Joan Cheikes

Photography by: David Roth