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04/06/2013 11:04 am ET

The 10 Best Yoga Poses For Stress Relief (PHOTOS)

Yoga garudasana eagle pose by woman in white costume on green grass in the park around pine trees
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.

Tell us: Do you have a favorite yoga pose for stress relief? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet @HealthyLiving.

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