Yoga teacher and international model Katryn Kruger shares three yoga poses you can do to help reduce anxiety…

Self-isolation can be stressful and lonely, something yoga teacher and international model Katryn Kruger has felt when modelling abroad.

“I’ve been travelling all over the world for modelling and almost always do it by myself,” says Kruger. It sounds glamorous to stay in cities such as New York and Paris for months at a time, but without family or friends for company, it can be lonely.

“Those experiences were, in a way, a form of self-isolation and I have had my fair share of dealing with the accompanying anxiety and loneliness,” says Kruger.

With us all experiencing lockdown now, Kruger has advice on how to deal with the anxiety we are surely all feeling in this time.

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Be kind to yourself

This is a very new thing we are going through, making history as we forge through this uncertainty. There is no right or wrong way to feel or respond to this situation or your circumstances. Allow yourself space and grace to feel whatever it is you are feeling.

Be kind to those around you

They are most likely feeling the exact same way that you do. Pour extra love and attention into your relationships – call your family and your friends, check in with them and make sure that they are okay. Knowing that your loved ones are safe will give you peace of mind.

Keep some form of a routine

Make your bed, exercise (even if it is just 10 minutes), set aside time for some work, etc. But also know that your “normal” routine will be changed. And that is okay.

Practise gratitude

I am a firm believer that gratitude leads to joy. Write down what you are grateful for and soon it will be all you focus on.

Kruger says that the emotional and mental health of keeping active is truly remarkable.

As a certified yoga teacher, she suggests trying yoga as it helps people feel a sense of peace and clarity, connecting you to your body and inner self.

Calming yoga poses

Here are three yoga poses that she says help reduce anxiety:

1. Easy pose/crossed-legged seat

This is a lovely pose to start with. Here you can close your eyes and connect to your breath, even start by practising some meditation techniques.

*You can sit on a bolster or pillow if this is uncomfortable.

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2. Child’s pose

This pose will make you feel grounded. It allows you to connect to your breath, make space in your spine and give you comfort as you fold into yourself. You can also use a bolster (or pillow) for added comfort: drape your body over the bolster/pillow and then turn your face to either side resting your cheek on the bolster/pillow.

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3. Cat/Cow pose

This helps you to connect to your breath as you make gentle movements through your spine.

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