The 10 Best Yoga Poses For Stress Relief (PHOTOS)

04/06/2013 11:04am ET
Yoga garudasana eagle pose by woman in white costume on green grass in the park around pine trees

Maintaining a yoga practice can be a great way to reduce stress, stay in shape and calm the mind. But when it comes to stress relief, not all yoga poses are created equal: Some positions are particularly effective for promoting relaxation, tension relief and restfulness.

"Yoga helps us slow down for a moment and tune into the breath. Simply the focus on one thing -- which is the very definition of meditation -- allows us to decompress," Dr. Terri Kennedy, registered yoga teacher and president of Power Living Enterprises, Inc. told The Huffington Post. "The actual asanas [poses] release tension in different ways, and help certain parts of the body."

Seated postures like child's pose can induce feelings of calm and help put the mind in a meditative state, while empowering positions like standing forward bend and eagle pose can calm the mind while also energizing the body. Click through the slideshow below for 10 mind-calming, stress-relieving yoga positions for beginners and advanced yogis alike.

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The 10 Best Yoga Poses For Stress Relief