Top 5 yoga poses for relaxation

We often ask each other, “How are you?” and I, for one, must say…I have never had a friend reply with, “I’m relaxed.” It just doesn’t happen. On the other hand, “I’m so tired” or “I’m so stressed out” gets said often.

Our daily routines can be blurred in the hustle and bustle. We accept this blur as normal and don’t realize how exhausting it is.

Our 30-Day Yoga Challenge can help you start paying more attention to yourself. It’s completely free, and you will learn to integrate relaxation into your daily life. You will be amazed at how much your mood improves when you take a few moments to care for yourself each day.

It’s safe for us to assume that unless we have been meditating on a mountaintop all day, every day for the last five years, we could all benefit from some more relaxation. Here are five of my favorite yoga poses to relax.

Reclined Bound Pose

Credit: Kristin McGee. This Pose is a restorative one that helps relieve insomnia and anxiety and lowers blood pressure. This Pose also opens up the hips, chest, and abdominal region and calms your mind.

This Pose can be done with or without a prop. However, if you would like to use a bolster, a blanket folded under your head, or something else to cover your eyes, please don’t hesitate. If you are not comfortable, make adjustments to ensure you get the full benefits of this Pose.

Legs up the Wall

Does anyone NOT enjoy this Pose? This is one of the easiest poses to perform anywhere. It has many benefits for both your mind and body.

Legs up, the Wall Pose is actually a mild inversion. If you place a blanket folded under your hips, this slight elevation will help drain lymphatic fluids and other liquids from your lower body into your abdominal area. This is the type of fluid that can lead to tired knees and ankles as well as a clogged pelvic organ.

This position helps to relieve headaches, menstrual cramps, and lower back pain. It can also increase energy.

Child Pose

The Child’s Pose can be used when you are tired and want to curl up into a ball.

You can hold this position for 30 seconds or up to several minutes, depending on your comfort level and how long you need to relax. Child’s Pose is a great resting position that will stretch your hips and ankles. It also stretches your thighs, shoulders, and thighs.

The head and the torso can be supported to relieve neck and back pain, reduce stress and fatigue, and calm the brain. Let all the stress out by closing your eyes and breathing.

Forward Bend

Forward bends are beneficial for standing or sitting.

This Pose stimulates the liver and kidneys. It also improves digestion and relieves menopause symptoms. This Pose can help relieve headaches and insomnia, reduce stress and anxiety, and ease fatigue and fatigue.

It is especially beneficial for those who sit at a desk and work all day.

Body Pose

Savasana or Corpse Pose may look easy, but it is one of the hardest postures. It can be difficult for some people to relax and let just be.

It is usually done at the end of a yoga class. The Corpse Pose has been known to reduce fatigue, headaches, and insomnia. Isn’t it delightful? It’s also (almost!) zero effort!

If you find yourself in this position, your body may begin to cool. I recommend keeping a warm sweater or blanket nearby.

We must have moments when we put our own needs and wants first. This does not make you selfish; it makes you more thoughtful and caring because compassion always starts with yourself.

We will get good results from our bodies if we feed them good food. Take time to treat yourself with kindness so that you can go out into the world and spread your kindness.

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