When was the last time someone said they’re “relaxed” when you asked them how they were? We say we’re “fine”, “good” or “great” even when we are nothing but. When was the last time YOU were completely relaxed? Everyday life, with its hustle and bustle, can be exhausting. Not like after a long day but after endless days of the same routine and busy schedules.
We need to take out time for ourselves. Luckily, there are benefits of yoga that help us cope with the fast-paced world and lead a happy life. You do not need certification to practice yoga – it’s fairly simple although it takes practice. And you can take yoga classes or even practice them at home. Join FITPASS to attend yoga classes near your home, office or anywhere else, anytime during the day.
5 Yoga Poses for Relaxation
- Reclined Bound Angle Pose
Reclined Bound Angle or Extended Side Angle pose is great to lower blood pressure, prevent insomnia, reduce anxiety, and release the lower back muscles. It also improves blood circulation in the abdominal region, calms the mind, and opens up the hips and chest. You don’t require any tools or equipment to perform this pose. You may need a folded towel or blanket to place under your back for support. You may cover your eyes with a piece of cloth as well. Make sure you’re comfortable while performing this posse or it can be counterproductive.
1. Child’s Pose
Wondering how to relax after a long and exhausting day? You could get in your bed or sofa and curl up in a ball or you could do the Child’s Pose. Depending on how stressed you are, you may hold this pose for 30 seconds to several minutes. It is a resting pose but it still stretches your hips, shoulders, thighs, and ankles. You can even relieve your back and neck pain by supporting your head and torso. Performing the Child’s Pose at or after a yoga class will calm your mind, reduce fatigue and stress. Close your eyes and breathe slowly to get the best out of this yoga asana
2. Legs up the Wall
ViparitaKarani or ‘legs up the wall’ is an easy pose that can be done anywhere with a wall. This yoga pose benefits the mind and body alike. Placing a folded towel or blanket under your hips provides a slight elevation. This elevation drains the lymphatic and other fluids – the cause of tired knees, congested pelvic organs, and swollen ankles – into your abdomen from the lower part of your body. Perform this yoga pose at a yoga class or at home to soothe menstrual cramps, relieve lower back pain, increase energy, and alleviate headaches.
3. Forward Bend
The forward bend can be done while sitting or standing. This yoga pose benefits the liver and kidneys to improve digestion and relieve the symptoms of menopause in addition to stretching the hips, calves, and hamstrings. Attending yoga classes and performing this pose can ease headaches, reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue by calming the brain. The forward bend is good to relieve insomnia as well. It is a great exercise for those who sit behind a desk for long hours because it is really good for the lower back.
4. Corpse Pose
It is said that the corpse pose or savasana is easy to perform but hard to master. It can be challenging for a lot of people – yes, lying still, relaxing and not doing anything can be difficult. The corpse pose is usually performed at the end of the Yoga class to calm the mind, relax the body, lower blood pressure, relieve headaches, insomnia, and fatigue. The only effort needed on your part is to restrain yourself from moving and letting your mind wander. It helps you cool down as well.