Yes, if you are flexible you can get yourself into some impressive looking poses but for me the true benefit of Yoga comes in its ability to slow everything down. From a physiological perspective this is so important in a world full of stress. Studies have shown that Yoga benefits mental health, reduces your stress by instilling a sense of calm, and can reduce irritability in those who practice it regularly.
It works by engaging your mind to slow your body down. This means lower blood pressure, decreased heart rate, less stress hormones, and increased oxygen into your lungs – according to Harvard Medical School.
So, which postures can you do? If you are like me then you will want something that is simple but effective to do. These following five poses can be done in one workout or if you are short on time you can choose just one and use it to calm your mind to whatever is bringing you stress. My recommendation is to do each pose for 1-2 minutes, and ensuring you draw your focus to your breath whilst relaxing your muscles.