Cooldowns are just as essential as warm-ups. Held for longer, these Yoga Poses slow everything down and prepare the body and mind for meditation and relaxation. They ’re great on their own but better when the body is warmed up. These Yoga Poses are best to do when the mind is already quiet and can focus on relaxing or on holding longer restorative Yoga Poses. Make sure to leave yourself plenty of time for these essential Yoga Poses in your practice.

Supta Kapotasana

King Pigeon Pose is one of the most cooling, soothing, and restorative Yoga Poses to end almost any practice. Variations on this Yoga Pose are great if you need to cool down after a dynamic practice or wrap up a more restorative practice. Supine Pigeon is a gentler version.

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1 Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent. Cross your left ankle over your right knee and rotate your hip open, flexing your foot to protect your knee.

2 Take a few breaths here and then slowly begin to wrap your arms around your right thigh, pulling your left shin closer to your chest with each exhale (A). Inhale to release a little and exhale to hug your shin in, breathing into your hips and back to relieve any tightness or strain.

3 After 8 to 10 breaths, lengthen your right leg and walk your hands up your leg toward your ankle tc stretch the right hamstring and left hip. Keep pressing your back and shoulders into the ground and breathe until you are ready to come out of the position

4 Hug both knees into your chest and repeat on the right side, crossing the right ankle over the left knee. When you’re finished with the right side, reach for the outside edges of both feet and draw your knees toward your armpits for Happy Baby (B), a double hip stretch.

5 Finish by releasing your body into Deep Relaxation Yoga Pose Pose for a few minutes, allowing your body to completely relax before coming up to sit.

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