Our lives are becoming increasingly faster each day and every day we find new ways to increase the pace of our lives. With information being made available to us at the touch of a finger, we expect convenience and speed from everything around us. Faster internet speeds, shorter commute times and reduced delivery times, we refuse to settle for less. Unfortunately, these factors leave us more and more stressed. While we may not realize that we are stressed, stress does have physical manifestations like tightness in the body, fatigue, shortness of breath and tension in the muscles.
Restorative Yoga offers a respite from this dilemma — to heal, all you need to do is slow down, calm your mind, relax and restore your energy. Taking a little time out each day will help you find that perfect balance in your day. When the body and mind are at ease, we are open, expansive and grounded. We are able to focus on the now, leaving us with more energy and capacity to do more. Restorative Yoga is an antidote to the harm we cause ourselves due to stress, offering a chance to reset the body and mind.
Restorative Yoga is a set of active relaxation yoga styles. The principal feature in these styles is no movement, no effort in the body or in the mind. Usually, in Restorative Yoga, we perform 5–6 yoga poses. These poses are supported by props which allow you to entirely relax, breathe naturally and restore your body and mind.
Here are the 7 best Restorative Yoga poses that will help you relax and de-stress -
Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose):
Bolster x 2
Blanket x 1
● An excellent antidote to sitting in the same position for long hours
● Relieves back pain by strengthening your back
● Stretches your thighs, groin, and back — working as a perfect hip opener
Supta Badhakon Asana (Reclining bound angle pose):
Bolster x 1
● Combats fatigue from long hours of walking and standing
● Alleviates menstrual discomfort as well as menopause symptoms
● Facilitates smooth delivery if practiced regularly until late pregnancy
● Improves flexibility in the groin and the hip region
Upavistha Konasana (Wide-leg forward bend):
Bolster x 1
Yoga block x 1
● Calms your mind and body
● Relieves back pain by strengthening your spine
● Stimulates the abdominal organs and releases pain in the groin area