Guestpost: Anti-stress Yoga With Gabi


Hi Liv+Dave readers! My name's Gaby and I blog over at This Little Port.
I'm a Sydney based yoga teacher, and, in honour of Liv and Dave's imminent move, today I'll share three easy poses for dealing with stress...


1. Alternate nostril breathing. This isn't a pose, it's a pranayama (breathing) technique that restores balance, calms the mind and settles the nervous system. To do it, find a comfortable seat where you can sit with a tall spine. If sitting on the floor is uncomfortable, sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Using your right hand, curl the middle 3 fingers in towards your palm. Block your right nostril with your right thumb, inhale only through your left nostril. Block your left nostril with your left pinky and exhale only through the right. Inhale through the right side, block it and exhale through the left. Once you've got the hang of it close your eyes and try to stick with it for 3-5 minutes. At the end sit in stillness breathing normally for a minute or so.

2. Child's pose. This simple pose relieves stress and can alleviate back pain (especially in the lower back). Sit on your shins with your big toes touching, then round your body forward so you rest your belly against your thighs and your forehead on the ground. If your forehead doesn't touch the floor, support it with your hands. Stay for as long as feels good and tune into your breath. In this pose, you'll notice your breath behind your heart, as your back broadens.

3. Legs up the wall. One of my personal favourites, the Sanskrit name of this pose actually translates as 'reversing attitude.' Simply bring yourself to a wall and rest both of your legs against it. Take your arms out wide, close your eyes, breathe into your belly and stay for a good 5 to 7 minutes. It's a game changer.

Thanks Gaby! I am so grateful to have you as a guest over here. It's so helpful while moving.
I will do this little yoga session today, can't wait.
The movers took all our belongings and we are ready to go.
Stressful but exciting. If you want to keep up to date with us in the meantime follow me on instagram

to see what we are up to until we are back to regular posting soon! Take care.

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  1. heyyy! glad to see you here Gaby, great post! love the breathing and the look great on that pic!

  2. Great post, I like yoga, although I don't find the time for it (SO wrong, I know).

  3. these are great. any tips for what to do in child's pose when your butt doesn't touch your feet like at all?

    1. don't worry about it :) but also, if you prop your head up using one or two stacked fists, it will help to lower your butt so you're more balanced.

  4. i love gaby and her blog, what a great post! i literally just tried the breathing exercise and immediately after, i felt less stressed. how cool! :)


  5. This is so good and easy to do at the end my day... Ahve a nice one!

  6. Glad to know about anti-stress yoga, All the three steps are easy and easy to perform daily just by reading the explanation.I will surely add this in my daily or regular routine.Thanks for the explanation with in very easy way.

  7. I will need to try all of these. I like that they aren't hard at all and can be done really anywhere ;)
    xo TJ

  8. Awesome advice Gaby :) I need to start up yoga again! Good luck on you move to our shores Liv :)
    Ellen x


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