RESTORATIVE AND RELAXATION YOGA POSES
Relaxation is just as much of a skill, practice, and art as some of the more complicated and dynamic Yoga Poses in yoga. Like using and discovering new muscles, relaxation through restorative and resting Yoga Poses can be quite challenging, especially if you ’re stressed out or agitated. They are wonderful to practice at the end of a full practice but can be done anytime on their own to help you reconnect with your inner peace. These Yoga Poses are generally held from 5 to 10 minutes, and are often supported by props such as blankets, bolsters, and eye pillows to deepen your relaxation.
Legs Up the Wall Yoga Pose
This is yoga ’s magical Yoga Pose to reboot and rejuvenate your whole body, mind, and spirit! As an inversion, it is meant to defy aging. It relieves your legs, feet, spine, and nervous system, bringing the body into a state of deep relaxation and renewal. You can practice this Yoga Pose anytime to receive all of its incredible benefits. Among other things, it strengthens the immune system, calms the nervous system, and balances the digestive and elimination systems.
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1 Slide the top of your mat against a wall and bring a folded blanket with you. Lie down on your bac and scoot your hips as close to the wall as you can. Bend your knees and place your feet on the wall.
2 Press your feet into the wall to lift up your hips and slide a folded blanket or block under your sacrum or lower back to elevate your heart. You may need to move around and adjust the lift a bit until you’re comfortable. Then, place your hands on your belly and breathe slowly and deeply. You can also lift your arms over your head to release your shoulders and neck.
3 If you have an eye pillow, place it over your eyes to release mental tension and melt away stress. This posture can be held for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how much time you have. You can also bend your knees and place the soles of your feet together, opening your hips and knees toward the wall.
4 When you’re ready to come out of this Yoga Pose, bend your knees to lift your hips and remove the support under you. As you release your hips back down to the ground, hug your knees into your chest and breathe into your lower back. Roll over to your right side to come up to sit.