Soothe stress and anxiety in 20 minutes with this specially-designed yoga session

Take a moment to unwind this festive season and feel the benefits

Woman doing yoga for anxiety at home
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The festive season can be a stressful time, but this yoga session is designed to ease anxiety in just 20 minutes. Featuring poses and movements that are low to the ground, it's a slow-paced routine that doesn't require you to put too much weight through your hands. 

This particular sequence is so gentle that you don't really need a mat to complete it; a carpet or rug is likely to offer enough support. We'd still recommend investing in one of the best yoga mats (opens in new tab) for more intense, sweaty sessions – but this gentle stretching series doesn't require one.

The yoga routine was posted by Yoga With Adriene (opens in new tab), a popular YouTube channel run by Adriene Mishler. She aims to provide high-quality practices on yoga and mindfulness to "inspire people of all ages, shapes and sizes across the globe." 

Watch her video below to try this yoga for anxiety session yourself.

Watch Yoga With Adriene's Yoga For Anxiety session

There's lots of research showing that yoga can be an effective method for dealing with stress. For example, a 2018 study published in the International Journal of Preventative Medicine (opens in new tab) showed that depression, anxiety and stress decreased in a group of 52 women after four weeks of tri-weekly yoga sessions. 

And that isn't the only health benefit. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (opens in new tab), yoga can also help people improve their sleep, lose weight and provide relief from lower back pain.

If you want to slip this flow into your fitness routine, we think it can easily fit around your existing commitments. As a low-intensity activity, it's a great way to recover from strength training sessions and cardio bouts alike. It shouldn't leave you too tired to take on a workout the following day either. 

Want to learn more about yoga? Try these anti-aging yoga moves (opens in new tab), give a seated yoga flow (opens in new tab)a go, or find out what happened when our writer did yoga every day for 30 days (opens in new tab).

Harry Bullmore is a fitness writer covering everything from reviews to features for LiveScience, T3, TechRadar, Fit&Well and more. So, whether you’re looking for a new fitness tracker or wondering how to shave seconds off your 5K PB, chances are he’s written something to help you improve your training.

When not writing, he’s most likely to be found experimenting with a wide variety of training methods in his home gym or trying to exhaust his ever-energetic puppy.

Prior to joining Future, Harry wrote health and fitness product reviews for publications including Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Runner’s World. Before this, he spent three years as a news reporter with work in more than 70 national and regional newspapers.