Hello friends! Let’s celebrate National Relaxation Day!
I don’t know about you, but this day sounds amazing to me! Who doesn’t want more relaxation in their life, right?
In honor of this special day, I am sharing my top 5 yoga poses for relaxation. While all yoga poses offer benefits, these five are go-to poses if your’e really looking to relax and release any tension you might be feeling.
Whether you’re a conditioned yogi or a true beginner, these yoga poses are doable for anyone, so I hope you try them and give yourself a little care today!
So go ahead, grab your yoga mat, and join me in relaxing a little more today. Oh, and if you’re in the market for a new yoga mat, you should check out Consumer Advocates review of yoga mats to find one that will be the perfect fit for your needs! I happen to love my Gaiam mat that I have had for years!
Pose # 1: Legs Up the Wall
This pose is one that I use in my counseling practice for clients who are feeling unsettled, anxious, or in need of stress reduction. This pose is easy for anyone to do because there are modifications you can make and still reap the benefits of this mild inversion pose.
You can place a blanket under your hips to increase lymphatic drainage or move fluids from the lower part of your body into your abdomen. If you suffer from knee pain, swollen ankles, or pelvic discomfort, try this pose!
This position can also alleviate menstrual cramps, headaches, lower back pain or simply increase your energy levels.
Pose #2: Child’s Pose
Okay, who doesn’t love this one? Well, at first I wasn’t the biggest fan of it because my hip flexors were tight, but as I eased into it, I learned to love it and even look forward to it!
This position is terrific if you’ve had a long, strenuous day and just need to let go and relax. You can hold this pose for 30 seconds or more depending on what feels best for you. This is considered a resting pose but you can expect a soft stretch to your hips, back, and shoulders.
I recommend closing your eyes in this pose and taking deep breaths. Just let go of any tension and stress.
Pose #3: Reclined Bound Angle Pose
Lay of your back and bring the soles of your feet together while letting your knees fall outward. Close your eyes, breath, and let gravity do the work. This restorative pose can relieve anxiety, back pain, lower blood pressure, and increase circulation to your abdomen.
To modify, you can place a blanket or small bolster under your neck/head or your hips for more comfort. This posture is so good so give it a try and soak in all the healing qualities!
Pose #4: Folded Forward Bend
I tend to have very tight hamstrings on the back of my legs, so at first, this position challenges that, but once I relax and just give in, it feels SO good! This pose will stimulate the liver and kidneys, improve digestion, and of course, stretch all those wonderful leg muscles.
Additional benefits are reduction in anxiety, insomnia relief, and ease of any tension or headaches.
Simply clasp your hands over your elbows and slowly bend forward at the waist. Let gravity pull you down slowly. If you prefer to let your hands hang, you can drape them towards the floor.
Pose #5: Corpse Pose or “Savasana”
There is a reason this pose is last in a yoga session. It feels so darn good and it allows your entire body to simply relax and just be.
This pose is not physically demanding, but it does challenge you to let yourself totally give in and relax. Just breathe, close your eyes, and let go. I would recommend place your hands out to the side of your body with your palms facing up. Let any tension or negative energy stored in your body rise out of you!
Time to Get Your Yoga On!
I hope you decide to try one or all of these poses today because you deserve to relax and take care of yourself. From my spirit to yours…Namaste!
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