These poses are incredibly restorative and effective for reducing stress, calming the nervous system and allowing us to unwind after a busy day.
A simple restorative Yoga practice can teach you to truly relax your body, tune in with your breath, and calm your stressed-out mind.
Hold the postures as long as you like or as recommended below.
Supported Childs Pose – Balasana
Child’s Pose helps to relax the body and calm the mind – it’s a beautiful and effective pose to reduce stress and release tension in the body. It’s also an excellent pose for improving the lymphatic and nervous systems. If you currently suffer from anxiety, back pain, stress, high blood pressure and neck pain, child’s pose serves as the ideal solution.
- Kneeling on your mat, take your knees wide with big toes touching.
- Place a bolster (or a rolled up blanket) underneath you making sure it will be long enough to support your head when you lay forward.
- Walk your hands towards the top of the mat and rest your head to one side of the bolster.
- Sit your hips back towards your heels and get comfortable and allow.
- Breathe deeply as you relax into the posture.
Hold Supported Childs Pose for 3 to 5 minutes.
Reclining Bound Angle Pose – Supta Baddha Konasana
The Reclining Bound Angle Yoga pose is one of the most relaxing of all poses and is useful to lower your blood pressure.
- Sit on your mat, placing a bolster (or rolled up blanket) behind you.
- Bring the soles of your feet together with knees opening wide to form a butterfly shape with your legs.
- Lie back on the bolster ensuring your head supported by the bolster.
- Stretch your arms out to the sides with palms facing up.
- Breathe deeply and relax into the posture, allowing your knees to fall towards the ground comfortably.
Hold Resting Butterfly for approx. 5 minutes.
Legs Up the Wall Pose – Viparita Karani
Legs up the Wall Pose is considered a rejuvenating and restorative pose, which helps to relax your mind and body, by reducing stress and easing mild depression, insomnia and anxiety. This is an effective pose to bring relief to the legs, feet, spine and nervous system. Many people use this inversion to slow down the ageing process.
- Lay down in front of a wall and slide sit bones forward until they touch the wall.
- Extend legs up the wall, keeping heels stacked over your hips and rest your head on the mat. Arms extend along the floor, straight out at shoulder level with palms facing up.
This pose can be held for 5 minutes.
Corpse Pose – Savasana
The Corpse pose relieves the muscles from stress and offers complete relaxation. It calms the mind, reduces anxiety, improves sleep and alleviates depression. Putting the body in a state of deep rest, Corpse Pose slows your breathing, lowers your blood pressure and calm your nervous system.
- Lie on your mat, flat on your back with legs extended and arms by your sides.
- Adjust your shoulders and hips until your find a comfortable resting position. Allow a natural curve in your spine.
- Hold Savasana for as long as necessary!