Yoga is without doubt one of the best stress relief activities that I can suggest my friends to start doing. Maybe not everybody will like it, but everybody should try it at least.
Not only that it's great for stress relief but it has also other benefits. Some of my favourite ones are increased flexibility, decreased muscle tension and a more fresh, relaxed mind.
The last time , when I was writing a summary on how to use yoga for stress relief, I was researching the topic on the interent. Doing this, I found an amazing amount of awesome yoga blogs and websites.
Many of these sites were pretty nice in general and some of them even had nice articles about stress relieving yoga exercises as well. So I though to myself:
'Hey, why not make a nice article of the best stress relieving yoga exercises and relaxation ideas and the blogs which share them?'
And as simple as that, this article was born.
It's a list without any particular order, I just started summarising them. I am pretty sure that in time the list will grow, because there are always new cool blogs on the block.
For every blog I included a short summary of the site and a nice article or video, which I found interesting or relevant for stress relief.
I also reached out to every blog on the list and tried to get a quote from them to see why do they think yoga is good for stress relief. In some cases I found a nice thought, idea or inspiration on their site and I included that as a quote.
In some cases, when I didn't get an answer from the blog, I just included a quote that I like in general. 🙂
So, there is quite some work in this list, I hope you will enjoy it and find a lot of inspiring exercises and ideas to start relieving stress with yoga, starting today!
Don't forget to follow the blogs which you have found useful, to support them. 🙂
Relax and be well,
p.s.: Oh, I almost forgot. If you have a yoga blog, with a nice article about relaxation or stress relief, but you are not included in the list, just drop me an email. I would be happy to check your blog out. ;)
I did try to make a categorisation based on the type of yoga they promote the most. I hope this will make the list more organised and useful for you.
Blogs and sites which include multiple styles are included under the 'Everything about yoga' section.
Also, I tried my best to only include blogs, which are still active and had some posts recently.
'Everything about yoga' blogs
Beth is a yoga teacher and runner who writes about healthy lifestyle and yoga. She has a section of her site specifically dedicated to Yoga for Runners so if that speaks to you, it's worth checking it out.
'It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.' - Hans Selye
Beth has this nice little article about some tips how to use yoga for stress relief, so I thought that one is nice for you to check out.
Yoga by Candace
Yoga by Candance has a clean feeling and it's all about living a modern lifestyle in the healthy way. The founder Candace is passionate about these things and as someone who has battled with Lyme disease, she has a great drive to help others living life the best way possible.
One cool feature of the site is the wast amount of 30 day yoga challenges. There are multiple, so you can probably find one that fits you as well. 😉
'All the suffering, stress and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.' - Jon Kabat-Zinn
4 yoga poses that supposed to help you to ZAP stress, is the one I would share with you from the site. It includes my favourite, the Child pose as well 🙂
Esther Ekhart has been teaching yoga and meditation for over 20 years and was one of the founders of EkhartYoga.com.
They have more than 2500+ yoga videos on their site, plus yoga programmes, articles and yoga playlists of classes on different themes including stress and anxiety. Esther gives seminars and teacher trainings all over Europe, as well as yoga classes to help with stress.
"Yoga (Asana, pranayama and meditation), have the ability to change your body chemistry to a positive and balanced one. Your whole system (body, mind, emotions) can relax and as a result you can experience life as it is, rather then what a restless mind makes of it. There is only life, appearing as everything, dancing as everything, wondrous, mystical, excluding nothing.
Yoga has helped me to feel strong in my body and relax my mind. Yoga has helped me to accept all that comes my way, knowing it's all life, life-ing. Doing its thing and it isn't personal." - Esther Ekhart
Kathryn has done a lot when it comes to yoga, from writing on Women's Health to be on Yahoo's Health Advisory Board.
With more than 10 years of experience in yoga she shares her knowledge on her blog (which is more of a general lifestyle blog) and on the espnW podcast: Free cookies.
'Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles.' - Charlie Chaplin
J. Brown Yoga
J started his journey in yoga via Ashtanga, power vinyasa style. After exploring Iyengar, he decided to find his own way and devoted himself to self-practice.
This lead to the creation of the Abhyasa Yoga Center in NYC, where he teaches yoga to people where everyone can adapt it to their own style and needs.
'Meditation is a lifelong gift. It's something you can call on at any time.' - Paul McCartney
I chose this article from J., because it's related to relaxation, talks about unplugging yourself in our modern life, where everything is connected.
Yoga with Adriene
Yoga with Adriene is simply an awesome blog. I really like her Youtube channel, because it's one of the first channels I found when I started with yoga. 🙂
Her 30 day yoga with Adriene video series is lots of fun to do and a nice way to get introduced to yoga. She also has a nice blog that you can follow, with interesting articles and some vegetarian recipes.
'When you realise how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky' - Buddha
I choose the first video of her 30 days yoga series, because it's a good way to start relaxing with yoga. As the title says: Ease into it. 🙂
This blog has a quirky style and is fun to read. You will not only find fancy exercises and videos about yoga, but news and funny articles as well.
It's a refreshing blog among the other ones. 🙂
'Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.' - Dale Carnegie
I couldn't find an article about stress relief and yoga, however I did find this refreshing article named 'I love yoga and hate everything about it'. Enjoy 🙂
*Update: Jenni sent me this cool article over in email about stress and your digestive system and some tips how to relax it. Awesome!
Habits of a modern hippie
Kait is a 27 year old yoga teacher living in Denver. She shares information about yoga, wellness, food and DYI. Lots of useful information and content to find on her blog.
Her instagram account is also pretty cool, with lot of awesome pictures!
'There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.' - Henry Kissinger
A really cool classic, yoga poses for stress relief article, which I choose to share from Kait. I think they are cool because they include some simple but also more advanced poses. (Well advanced for me 🙂 ).
Runners love yoga
Ann runs a special blog where he combines her love for yoga and running together. She helps athletes and runners with videos and articles to have less injuries and be able to perform better.
Her Facebook page is also nice to follow, which you can reach here. ;)
'If anyone needs proof that yoga helps stress relief, all they need to do is to do some yoga! There's a reason why it's so much easier to relax in savasana--the minutes of final relaxation at the end of a yoga class--than it is to just spontaneously relax sometime in the middle of the day. Yoga just makes you feel better, and sometimes you can feel the difference in just five minutes. Sometimes if I'm stressed, I'll just go do a few poses for a few minutes, and I often can't believe how much better I feel afterwards!' - Ann
In this article Ann shares some cool restorative poses that can be used after running or just to relax. Some of them are a bit advanced but, hey you have to start somewhere.
This blog is very special and caters to a niche in the yoga community. As you might figured from the name, to curvy people. I like the style how Anna writes, it's very simple, fun and easy to read.
Obviously the content helps curvy people to get into yoga and help you to not only feel good in your body, but about your body, as Anna puts it.
"Yoga has its ooohhhh and aaahhh moments with some of its poses, and that can definitely be fun. But the deeper power of the practice comes from how it asks you to be in an ongoing, evolving conversation with your body on a regular basis."
I wanted to mention this article from her site about acceptance. I think acceptance is important for stress relief as well and this post includes some nice thoughts about it. 🙂
Karan shares his life experience through a yogic prism, as his website says.
Born and raised in the Himalayas, he is an accomplished author with multiple best selling books and provides interesting information mostly on meditation via his blog.
'Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.' - Dalai Lama
Since many of us struggle with sleep when we are stressed, I thought this nice little short read from Karan's blog about how to have a good night sleep, would be useful to many of you.
Lexi Yoga was started in 2009 and it's a fun and informative site, which focuses on the healing benefits of yoga and healthy living.
'If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved, worrying will do you no good.' - Santideva
This video from LexiYoga provides some nice restorative yoga poses to relieve stress.
Living Yoga by Arundhati
Arundhati, is a yoga enthusiast, yoga teacher & blogger. Having been raised in India, she now lives in the US and runs Aham Yoga.
Her articles are fresh and interesting and diverse enough so you don't get bored with the content. Also there is quite some content on her site, worth checking out!
'A morning routine is essential. My whole life has changed since I started maintaining a disciplined morning routine. This helps me create a space for myself in the morning and prepare for my day ahead. I notice that I have become a happier, calmer and healthier person since I have started my morning routine. I highly encourage others to try it' - Arundhati
I found this nice article about the importance of good morning rituals. Since I am a big fan of morning rituals myself, I had to choose this one to share with you. 🙂
Via a super nice website Stacey teaches yoga and shares her knowledge. She has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and active as a teacher for more than 15, so she has lot of nice experience to share with anyone interested!
Next to her courses she also has free videos available online for beginners and a nice blog to follow.
'Yoga is the perfect antidote to stress because it is a practice that integrates body, mind, and spirit. When you come to your mat you leave everything else in your life outside. For this period of time you simply focus on your body and your breath. Moving, strengthening, and stretching your body releases toxic stress from your tissues.
Breathing helps to make more space inside while down-regulating your nervous system to help your body to rest and recover from the stress hormones in your system. The mind practices contribute to calming your thoughts and becoming present in the moment. By the time you finish not only do you feel better, you have a greater capacity to deal with whatever is going on in your life and in the world.' - Stacey
She has a cool little 'break up with stress' article series on her site, from which I thought part two was interesting, which concerns breathing. Check it out 😉
Juliana and Mark are traveling the world, making amazing youtube videos and share their yoga practice for free with people who are interested in practicing.
I like their videos not only because of the amazing paradise setting they usually include, but also because they are easy to follow and have a super relaxing vibe.
'Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.' - Lao Tzu
I shared this awesome yin yoga practice from them. It's not necessarily for beginners, but it feels really relaxing. 🙂
Ashley runs a cool site, which has everything that you would search for if you want to know more about yoga. Interesting blog, online training, offline training, teacher training and even yoga retreats.
She completed several different trainings including Power Vinyasa and Ayurveda, so she has lot of experience to share.
'Smile, breathe and go slowly.' - Thich Nhat Hanh
I found this cool article on her site about anxiety and yoga and how can the later help you with the first. 🙂 Nice read also in regards to stress management.
Bram, as a yoga and meditation teacher, offers an alternative way to living, which involves providing a meaning of why we are here on this planet and promoting our physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
'Believe in miracles, and understand that you are more of everything than you’ve ever thought possible…more focused, more driven, more capable, more resilient, stronger, with more capacity to love, be loved, and help heal all the division we seem inundated by.' - Bram Levinson
This post from Bram I think is a nice read to remind yourself what are you searching and why would you like to start with yoga (next to stress relief of course;).
Rachel Scott yoga
Rachel has amazing amount of experience when it comes to teaching and practicing yoga. She clocks more than 3000 hours as yoga trainer and has taught at institutions such as Tisch School of the Arts (MFA), Columbia University (MFA) and the University of San Francisco.
She has both great posts and videos, so you can choose the right format that fits your learning.
"The secret gem of a yoga practice is not having open hamstrings or doing crazy wild arm balances, but in the simple act of focussing inwardly, connecting to yourself, and calming your mind. At the end of the day, that is why I come back to yoga. We live in stressful times! I often feel like my mind is full of hamsters. Yoga offers us a way to take a deep breath, get off our internal hamster wheels, and return home to our bodies and ourselves." - Rachel Scott
I found a cool video from Rachel about dealing with difficult feelings which I think can be useful for stress 🙂
Chelsea Loves Yoga
It's hard to describe her blog, because it's not necessarily a place where you will learn yoga. You will have however gain lot of motivation and inspiration from Chelsea's work.
Her work aims to elevate communities with the help of yoga. Check out the video below about one of her efforts.
'One moment of patience may ward off great disaster, one moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.' - Chinese proverb
Lorin is running a blog, which is an intersection of two things which she is highly interested in, yoga and vegan lifestyle.
If you are also a vegan and interested in yoga, this blog will probably resonate with you. Even if you are not a vegan you should take a look. 🙂 You can find delicious recipes on the blog!
'He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.' - Japanese wisdom
Facing and 'relaxing in' your challenges versus pulling away from them. This short blog post is a nice little thought evoking piece.
Silvia is a happiness coach, who also teaches yoga, via her yoga retreats and her blog.
Next to this she also offers teachers training and coaching, so plenty of resources to choose from her site. 🙂
You learn to meditate by meditating. The silence and stillness you experience in meditation and the increased happiness and diminished stress you experience outside meditation are so attractive and welcomed that you naturally teach yourself how to go deeper into that silence and stillness each time you meditate. - Silvia Mordini
This short article from her is asking the question: 'How stressed are you?'. It's a nice little reminder of the more important things in life.
More than a blog, Ishta yoga teaches students how can they integrate different yoga styles in their practice to find their own way.
'Learn this from water: loud splashes the brook but the oceans depth are calm.' - Buddha
Found this video, which shows a cooling sequence. I thought it was a nice relaxing exercise.
Daily Downward Dog
On the Daily Downward Dog not only can you find information online but it's also a great resource if you would like to get to know yoga the traditional way, you know, in the offline world. 🙂
They have retreats (the Costa Rica New Moon rainforest renewal retreat sounds epic!), workshops and teacher trainings, so I am pretty sure you can find the classes that suits your needs and levels.
'Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.' - Chinese proverb
I picked this article to share because it's simple, yes a very important stress reliever. Breathing that is. 🙂
Big Sky Yoga Retreats and the Cow girl blog
I found the blog so unique and awesome that I had to include it. Next to offering yoga retreats in the beautiful Montana they also have a blog, which includes a unique mix of yoga, wisdom and yeehaaw.
'Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.' - Confucius
Since I am pretty sure the question is burning you, 'What the heck is cowgirl yoga?' I thought I would share this cool article from their blog.
Half Moon Yoga and Art
Hannah is a children arts teacher turned into a full time yoga teacher. She decided that instead of stressing in her teacher job, she will enjoy life and find peace through yoga.
She not only have yoga videos but interesting blogs about her travels abroad, such as this 'Lessons from abroad' series.
'Yoga means oneness. I draw inspiration from my surroundings and seek to find yoga connections between the ordinary and extraordinary daily life.' - Hannah Faulkner
I thought this article was interesting and thought provoking from Hannah, regarding abundance and giving. I think practicing giving and gratitude is also great for stress relief and can totally change your mental state.
Radically Ever After
Namita writes about Yoga during her travels around the world. She has been to more than 14 countries, looking for new adventures.
If you are ever in Bangalore you can also drop by her Yoga class.
'Though Yoga as a 3,000 year old spiritual tradition wasn't meant for stress relief, a lot of people today come to Yoga for this reason. And stay on for all the various benefits the practice rains on them. Our modern lives seem designed to deplete our energies, and Yoga offers a great chance to check in with ourselves and look past all the labels we live with. In a world that grows madder by the minute, spiritual practices such as Yoga and meditation build emotional and attitudinal muscle. Which then allow us to choose how we feel and how we inhabit the moment, rather than constantly be at the mercy of external forces to shape our reality. I first walked into a Yoga studio at age 17 and Yoga became my gateway to my inner life and my expansion into the deep peace that we all have waiting inside us.' - Namita
Have you ever practiced meditation and had difficulty staying still? This article with moving meditation might be then just the right thing for you to try. 🙂
Stephanie was the publisher of the popular Health & Fitness magazine, she loves to travel and has 38 years experience in yoga.
She also has a super amazing Instagram account, which definitely worth to follow.
'There is more to life than increasing its speed.' - Mohandas K. Gandhi
Not specifically stress related but I thought to share this article about Gayatri mantra, as it can be interesting learn a bit more about this as well. 🙂
Tara Stiles' blog
Tara is the founder os Strala yoga, which was created by her tapping into her experience in yoga, ballet and choreography.
On her site you can find many articles and read about her philosophy regarding how to live a healthy life.
'Move like water, fueled by your breath.' - Tara Stiles
This article gives you few small tips how to de-stress yourself, involving meditation, practicing gratitude and slowing down.
Whole yoga & Ayurveda
With a unique combination of Ayurveda and yoga articles, this blog brings some interesting views on yoga, which you might not be able to read at other places.
Ananta also wrote an Amazon bestselling books about Ayurveda, so if you are more interested in the topic, it's worth checking it out. Her most popular book until now is 'The Ayurveda Way', which is worth checking out.
'Yoga and its sister science Ayurveda have greatly helped me to reduce tremendous amounts of stress in my life by teaching me practical lifestyle tools and practices that help me regain balance, calmness and focus amidst all the craziness of the world around us.' - Ananta
Nice thought provoking article about exercise and health. According to this article more exercise not always necessarily mean a healthier body. 🙂
Jayne Becca Yoga
Jayne has been practicing yoga for years, by first doing her Vinyasa training and afterwards more recently finishing Strala yoga training in Amsterdam.
She is fully issued trainer and helps people getting to know yoga via her trainings, blogs and cool Youtube videos.
'If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.' - Lao Tzu
I really think a good morning ritual is important for good stress management. In the below video from Jayne you can learn a nice morning wake-up vinyasa yoga flow.
On Crystal's website you can learn about yoga, find interesting posts about running and many things in between.
I also spotted some nice product reviews about sport products!
'A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.' - Aesop
Angie from Sassy Yogi has a really refreshing style, just like her website and instagram account.
Next to her cool Yoga hacks, she also has a Weekly intentions column on her blog which is well worth following.
'Wherever you are, be there totally.' - Eckhart Tolle
Among all the cool articles it was hard to choose, but I decided to share this one about gratitude, because I think it's important for stress relief and a healthy mind.
Rachel Brathen - Yoga girl
With more than 500K Facebook likes, I guess you can call Rachel famous on the Yoga scene 🙂
On her website you can find great many resources on yoga, however also on music, yoga retreats and fashion and healthy recipes as well. The complete healthy lifestyle packages.
After learning yoga in Central America, she moved to Aruba where she now gives yoga classes in a beautiful island setting.
“If it’s one minute of deep breathing or if it’s five or 10 minutes of meditation, whatever [kind of break] you can sneak into your day actually makes you more centered and focused and more productive overall...” - Rachel Brathen
Rachel's take on the 5 tips for stress relief type of article is the one which I thought is interesting to mention. 🙂 I like the 'green tea run' idea, but I am a bit subjective as I love green tea, haha.
Body Divine Yoga
Danielle started in the film industry, however after a while she decided that she needs to find a calmer environment. Yoga helped her in her journey and after years of practicing and trying out different styles she found her own way.
Today she is hooked and pursuing a certification as a Yoga Therapist 🙂 Awesome!
'In yogic philosophy all matter contains a spark of divine light, and yoga is about fanning this spark into a flame. The ancient yogis knew spirit energy as the power of life itself and viewed yoga as a form of active communion with that power.' - Danielle Prohom Olson
I found a pretty cool little post on her site about different relaxing yoga treats. Combine them with yoga or just any time to relax and unwind.
Cate founded Yoga healer in 2001 however she was already interested in ayurveda since she was a teen.
Next to her blog and courses she also has a cool podcast which has more than half million downloads! If you like podcasts, her's might be a good one to follow 😉
'When you do something you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.' - Shunryu Suzuki
This article about stress hormones, stress symptoms includes 4 tips how to get your inner goddess take action against stress. 😉
I am cheating a bit here because Elena's site is not only about yoga, but meditation and well-being as well. She is the author of the Art of Attention book and also has many yoga classes on YogaGlo.
'Creatively, your meditation practice helps you see and receive your highest vision, and stay closely connected to your heart's mission.' - Elena Brower
I choose this short revitalising yoga practice video from her, from YogaGlo. The exercise is rather simple, technically most of us can do it and it seems like a great way to take a break of 5 minutes and shake up your body or knock yourself out from a stressy feelings.
The Yoga Lunchbox
This New Zealand based yoga site, founded by Kara-Leah Grant, has a lot of resources when it comes to yoga and also has focus on creating courses for yoga teachers, so if you are interested in becoming one and you are living in Australia or New Zealand, this might be your site 😉
'Yoga is not, and will never be, a cure-all. It’s not a magic bullet that if just applied in the right way and with the right dedication can fix us or make us better.
However, it can make an enormous difference in the quality of our lives, and used in the right way it can help us set goals and become that which we already are (underneath all the doubts, fears and insecurities).' - Kara-Leah Grant
These few tips about finding peace sound like a nice addition to your practice.
It's all yoga baby!
This blog discusses everything related to yoga in connection with your body and popular culture. As the about us page describes:
'IAYB looks at the “yoga body” from a feminist perspective, covering yoga and weight loss, body image, size activism, and sexualized advertising and marketing.'
"Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed or anxious, a deep breath and a simple yoga pose help me put everything in perspective. All I need is a few minutes to get out of my head and reconnect with my body." - Roseanne
For a stress relief related article I choose one from the site, which includes a research from UCLA. It talks about how yoga can help in relieving stress for caregivers, pretty interesting!
The Yoga Blog
The Yoga blog is edited by Hung Tran, who broke away from corporate life in order to live a fullfilled life and pursue his goals.
The yoga blog is a great resource of the wisdom of yogis all over the world with different backgrounds. You will find a great amount of posts in different topics.
'The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better for the rest.' - Seneca
This article talks about how stress might altern your DNA and how yoga can help. Light little read 🙂
Gigi has lot of nice articles on her blog and pays special attention to parental yoga.
So, if you are pregnant at the moment and was thinking to pick up yoga, this might be the best blog to start at. 🙂
'Take rest. A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.' - Ovid
In this video Gigi shows a modified savasana for deep relaxation.
Erica from Spoiled Yogi runs an awesome prenatal and postnatal yoga blog. She helps moms and soon to be moms to live their life more balanced, manage stress and be more happy.
Her blog is an awesome way to get an introduction to yoga if you also belong to her audience. It is inspired by her own personal experience of getting acquainted with yoga and trying to find balance whole being pregnant.
'Leave nothing for tomorrow, which can be done today.' - Abraham Lincoln
I found this nice article on her blog about 7 mindfulness tips for Moms, which I think can actually be helpful for anyone trying to relax. 🙂
Yogayak was born when Jenn arrived to a crossroad in her life. She didn't feel fullfilling in her job and was searching for a way to change that.
Yoga seemed to be the right answer, so with her partner they started the website. Now it's a place where you can find many videos about yoga from different teachers
'The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.' - William James
As sleepless nights effect many people who stress, I thought this video could be interesting :).
Daily cup of yoga
If you have been reading about yoga online, chances are you came across this blog. It's a cool place to learn about ashtanga yoga but also about meditation and fitness.
You can also find your new yoga gear one the site and a whole lot of book recommendations.
'Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.' - John F. Kennedy
This guestpost on the website about different meditation types seems like an interesting read to inspire your meditation practice. 😉
Kino wrote so many books and founder of so many things that it would be long to mention here 🙂 In short, she is internationally known yoga teacher.
She is an expert in Ashtanga yoga and as described on her site, one of the few people who combine the traditional teaching from India with the modern power of social media.
'Be patient and calm. No one can catch a fish with anger.' - Herbert Hoover
Browsing on her website I found this 7 sequences practice for stress relief. I think they are easy enough so anyone can enjoy them. 😉
This site is a bit more than a blog. It includes nice yoga music from different artiest and some events related to yoga.
The blog also has a nice breakdown of the articles for women, men, kids etc., which makes it easier to find yoga that fits you.
'We believe that Kundalini Yoga is the most effective tool to empower each individual to achieve awareness and to experience balance, joy and healing.' - Spirit Voyage
I found this video on the blog which includes some stress relieving ideas. At first a little general discussion about relieving stress and tapping into your vitality and in the end a breathing exercise.
Radiant Child Yoga
I wanted to share this blog, because it's quite unique. Shakta and Radiant Child yoga concentrates, as the name suggests, on children yoga.
She is a certified yoga teacher with lot of experience, so if you were looking for information how to introduce your child to the world of yoga, well here you go. 😉
'Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your patience, the brighter the flame.' - B.K.S. Iyengar
This article about breathing is a nice short read to understand yoga breathing better.
Vinyasa yoga blogs
The Journey Junkie
Allie is a born and raised Florida girl, who loves the outdoors, ocean and adventures as she mentions on her blog. Her site looks really amazing and her videos are funny, you gotta love her unique style of leading you through the practices. You can find meditation tips, travel guides and of course yoga tutorials on her blog.
'The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
My favourite exercise from her is this yoga for stress relief video, which also include a yoga breathing exercise.
Adam Hocke yoga
Adam is trained in the vinyasa flow yoga style since 1999. On his blog he offers audio classes and one-on-ones as well.
He also has a roughly two weekly podcast, so if you are more the listener type, you can follow his story there :).
'People sometimes assume that as a yoga teacher I have no stress, or have somehow moved past it and into a utopia of coconut water and sunset handstands.... ....I suffer stress and have to find ways of managing it. My choice, and what I teach, is the practice of yoga postures and flow.' - Adam Hocke
I found a pretty neat little article, which includes 3 yoga poses to do after a stressed day at work. They are so simple that you cannot have any excuse not to start doing them even today 🙂
Jason Crandell yoga method
Jason teaches yoga for more than 15 years internationally. He focuses on the Vinyasa style of yoga with strong focus on Power + Precision + Mindfulness practice.
According to him this combination can create the most balanced and high impact.
'We’re all in this together and we can all use the tools that yoga has to offer to help us stress less, to communicate more effectively, to embrace who we are, and to enjoy this life.' - Jason Crandell
I would like to share a podcast from Jason & Andrea about stress, where they are discussing the idea that how you think about stress, can actually do more harm to you, than stress itself.
Saide has a super inspiring story. She beat a nervous system illness, which nearly paralysed her for two years with the help of yoga.
Today she teaches yoga and how to live a balanced life with real food diet, empowerment and practical action steps.
'The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.' - Chinese proverb
Alive in the Fire
Photo by Stephanie Sheveland
Rachel is a vinyasa yoga teacher living in California. Through her blog she shares her passion for yoga, mindfulness and fitness.
She has a cool Sponsored Yogis program via which yogis support each other throughout the US.
'Yoga has been a huge part of my self-care routine over the last eight years. My yoga mat is a safe, sacred space and it gives me daily 'me' time. When I practice, I have the opportunity to slow down, notice how my body is feeling, and let go of anything I've been carrying around, whether that's physical tension or emotional/mental stress. Each pose and breath technique is a tool for becoming more self aware and for opening the energy channels of the body, bringing more vitality and positive energy my way. Ultimately yoga has taught me to love and accept myself as I am, to let go and not sweat the small stuff in life, to live in gratitude, and to be compassionate. To me, it's the greatest stress-reliever ever!!' - Rachel
I found this funny summary of things you can do to boost your mood on the blog. I thought it was a pretty good piece, even for stress management.
The Yogini from Manila
If you are living in the Philippines you might just found the perfect yoga blog for yourself.
Jane, as the title suggests, lives in Manila, where she practices yin yoga and shares her experience. On her blog you will also find product, book reviews and list of cool yoga studies around the Philippines.
'Meditation brings wisdom, lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.' - Buddha
In this interesting article from her blog you can find a study about the the stress relieving effects of friendship. Isn't it cool? 🙂
Love Light Yoga
Danielle is certified in both hatha and yin yoga. Currently she teaches Yin yoga in her practice as she believe in its ability to heal, transform and change us.
She also has yoga retreats, the newest one coming up in Jamaica.
'One conscious breathe in and out is a meditation.' - Eckhart Tolle
Luci the creator of Yoga Spy is an Iyengar yoga student, teacher and blogger. She shares her experience and 'inside information' about yoga and healthy lifestyle in general.
If you have been searching a for a cool yoga blog, to read about refreshing topics, you might have just found it. 🙂
'It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.' - Epictetus
Where you ever wondering if Yoga can change your mood? Well, this article from Luci discusses exactly that question, so check it out!
So, Riverflow yoga is actually a yoga studio, where they practice hot yoga, however they have a nice little blog on their site, so I thought, why not include them in the list 🙂
'Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I now this is the only moment.' - Thich Nhat Hanh
I found this article about dreams and some very good pointers, how to think about them and work towards achieving them. I know, i know, not strictly related to stress relief, but hey, it's interesting. 😉
A refreshingly different style blog and yoga. They focus on good physical exercise combined with the mindfulness of yoga.
You can learn quite some from the on their youtube channel, or just drop by one of their yoga studios.
'Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.' - Lao Tzu
Next to all the stress relief articles, this is one is somewhat different, explaining what mala beads are and how can you use them to enhance your meditation efforts. Especially as a beginner. 🙂
Bad Yogi Magazine
With posts from multiple authors, this site gives a fresh take on yoga with cool articles like the '10 min Wonder Woman yoga work-out'.
Erin also has a cool 30 day yoga challenge workout and a cool instagram and youtube account to follow. 😉
'Failure will never overtake me, if my determination to succeed is strong enough.' - Og Mandino
Here is a cool little 10 minute meditation video from Erin for after a stressful workday 😉
Next to having lot of good resources, Yoga Curious also has lot of yoga related products to offer with some awesome deals.
If you need some yoga gear, this might just be the right place to start searching 🙂
'When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering, like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.' - Krishna
This article talks about the health benefits of yoga for work. Interesting read, if you also experience work related stress often.
If you are located in Australia, Stretch Yoga might be the good place to start your journey into Yoga.
They have courses from curvy to parental, from meditation to beginners' courses. And of course nice article in their blog. 🙂
"Yoga's stress relief comes mainly from it's focus on breathing - taking long, slow deep breaths and doing breathing exercises really helps to switch the body in to it's 'rest and digest' mode. For me this has been the most amazing take away tool from all of my years of practice. Whatever comes up, whatever is happening, just breathe." - PJ Wells - Founder Stretch Yoga
Every beginner faces difficulties when they start with meditation. These tips for beginners can help you when you can stay still.
Mainly focus on yoga teacher training, SemperViva has a nice blog with interesting articles that can help in your journey in yoga.
'The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.' - Socrates
Committing to yourself can be difficult to start. In this article from SemperViva you can read 5 tips that can start on this journey and nurture yourself.
DoYouYoga is not a traditional yoga blog, but a site with great amount of resources on everything yoga. Next to articles, you also have different courses, challenges and classes you can sign up for both free and paid. Plus point that the site looks really fresh and has a nice vibe to it 🙂
'Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.' - Thich Nhat Hanh
I found an article, which I think could be useful for you at the workplace. It shows 7 yoga poses that you can do at work to relieve stress. They look simple and definitely a good conversation starter at the office. 😉
On YogaTrail you can keep track of the classes of yoga teacher around you and tune in on different yoga events.
Next to this functionality, they also a nice little blog where you can read more about yoga. They seem to have a nice community as well, with 100K+ Facebook likes.
'When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive. The breath, to think, to enjoy to love.' - Marcus Aurelius
Gaia is much more than a yoga blog. Next to articles about yoga you will also find resources on spirituality, consciousness and promotion of well-being.
As they put it, they are a conscious media company who is out there to empower your development.
'If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.' - Bruce Lee
I found a cool video on their website, which shows a yoga practice which can help you reduce stress and re-write your stress response. They have lotsa cool materials worth checking out.
A site for the modern yogi, Yogi Times includes a diverse set of articles from yoga, to travel, good diet and lifestyle.
'He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.' - Henry David Thoreau
An interesting article is about the health benefits and stress relieving properties of yoga. So instead of a nice exercise, you can take a relaxing 5 minutes and read about how yoga can improve your health 😉
This site has an interesting blog to follow but they also have lot of good videos and classes. A cool addition to their repertoire is an iOS and Android app, where you can follow courses and videos. In this way you can always have some yoga exercises with you 😉
'When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.' - Bruce Lee
I choose a simple article from them, '10 yoga poses for stress relief'. Worth checking out, they have some godo one included. My fav from the list is the Reclined bound angle or 'Supta Baddha Konasana'. Somehow it's really relaxing to do it in the morning 🙂
Yoga Download is a site with huge amount of videos as resources you can learn made by dozens of yoga teachers.
I am pretty sure everyone can find the type of yoga practice they are looking for and next to those also nice music and downloadable yoga poses.
'Wottying doesn't take away tomorrow's trouble. It takes away today's peace.' - Unknown
I wanted to share this article which talks about mindfulness meditation, as it can be a nice way to practice relaxation and help relieve stress.
I like Yoga Basics because it has a very organised site and easy to handle navigation. You can find cool sections like 'Yoga for beginners', 'Meditation', Pranayama (Yoga breathing) and others. They are not trying to overwhelm you with info but be a useful resource.
And they also have cool giveaways 🙂
'Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid of standing still.' - Unknown
As for the article, I found this cool short read about the benefits of yoga breathing and science behind it. Pretty interesting, how the rhythm of your breathing can influence your parasympathetic nervous system...
This site has a quite professional tone, especially concerning the audios and videos which are presented.
The video go in quite detail and are good how tos in the sense that they videos are well explained. Something that doesn't happen often with Yoga videos 🙂
'Love the life you live, live the life you love.' - Bob Marley
This practice concentrating on your hip has a nice relaxing pace and a nice little exercise for the morning to relax. I think by practicing each pose a little longer it can give a nice relaxing feeling.
Do yoga with me
Do yoga with me is a massive resource of online yoga videos and instructions from a group of passionate yoga teachers. Luckily most of the videos are also free, so it's a great place to start learning from professionals.
Next to that they also a have a cool blog that you can follow. 😉
'Yoga is great for stress relief because it calms the nervous system and helps you understand what the sources of your stress and anxiety are.' - Do yoga with me
This article talk about yoga and meditation and their benefits against stress and anxiety. It also discusses 3 important 'yamas' or 'ethical rules' to live by which can be of help.
YogaGlo is a big collection of different yoga trainings and videos from yoga teachers.
Their repertoire includes different specific yoga trainings for example for cyclists and runners. They also have a nice blog you can follow. 🙂
'With the past I have nothing to do. Nor with the future. I live now.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why is exhalation or also known as the 'letting go breath' is so important? Well, learn it in the video below from Tias 😉