Give some of these simple yoga poses a try if you are in need of some relaxation or body restoration. These poses will calm the mind, decreasing stress and anxiety. They also work to decrease muscle aches and pains.
Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
This pose is super simple and has so many benefits. Simply lay on your back with both of your legs up the wall. This pose helps to calm the mind, relieve anxiety, decrease back pain, and it is the perfect solution to tired and swollen legs and/or feet. Try to practice this pose for about 5 to 10 minutes every day.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Child’s pose is a great way to ease into the beginning of any yoga practice. It is a very calming pose, helping with stress and fatigue. It also provides a nice gentle stretch for the ankles, hips, back, and shoulders. In child’s pose, you can either position your knees together or wide apart on your mat. Do whatever feels better for you.
Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)
In crocodile pose, lay on your stomach, feet apart and head resting gently on your arms. This pose provides a very gentle back bend. Practice breathing slow and deep into this pose. Over time you will notice how this pose helps to relieve stress and tension, and reduces your anxiety. This pose also helps to promote good sleep and a healthy blood pressure.
Reclined Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
This pose is one of my favorite restorative postures. Reclined bound angle works to decrease stress and tension in the body. It is also a nice stretch for the thighs, hips, and knees. You can either place your arm as pictured or simply place them beside you. Close your eyes and breathe deeply into this posture.
Corpse Pose (Savasana)
This posture is the ultimate way to end your yoga sequence. Stay in this pose for at least five minutes at the end of your practice. This pose promotes total body relaxation. I have found that corpse pose also helps me to tap into my meditative state as well.