1. Warrior 2
Stand with your feet wide apart. Turn your right toes out so your feet are at 90 degrees. Reach your arms out wide at shoulder height and bend your right knee until it’s stacked over your right ankle. Then look past your right fingertips. Hold and inhale and exhale slowly five times, then repeat on your left side.
2. Locust Pose
It’s really common when you’re under pressure to feel like your shoulders are hunching up around your ears which means your head drops forwards and down. Locust pose will strengthen the muscles to undo those postural habits. Lie on your front, with your arms by your side and palms facing down. As you inhale, lift your chest, arms and legs away from the floor so you’re just resting on your belly. Lower down as you exhale. Repeat five times.
3. Child’s Pose
Begin on your hands and knees with the tops of your feet flat on the floor. Sit your bum towards your heels and let your torso rest on your thighs. Hold and inhale and exhale slowly 10 times.
Tip: If this is uncomfortable, you can always rest on a rolled-up blanket to give yourself a bit more cushioning.
4. Legs up the wall
Lie on the floor with your bum near the skirting board and your legs up the wall. Hold and inhale and exhale slowly 10 times (or stay for as long as you like).
5. Corpse Pose
You’ve earned it: time to make like a corpse and lie still! Lie flat on your back with your arms a little way out from the sides of your body. Experiment with whether you prefer your palms facing up or down, and let your feet fall to the side. You may also want a blanket over you or under your head as a pillow. Take a couple of slow deep breaths, and then just lie still. Stay for at least three minutes or as long as you can.