After a long day from work and all the hustle-bustle of the city life, it’s nice to take a step back and appreciate the space of your home. If you are one of those people that just want to get away from all the stress you have in your body, then restorative yoga will be the best choice for you.
This yoga technique will give you the relaxation you crave for after a hard day’s work. It allows you to free your mind and body and be at ease allowing for a more relaxing and calm environment. You’ll notice that even with just a few simple stretching techniques, you will instantly get relief from any stress in your day.
Here are some yoga poses to try out while you are at home:
Restoration Child Pose
This pose is also known as the Balsana pose, which is the equivalent to a big embrace in yoga. It’s practically one of the most comfortable poses there is, which makes you want to stay in this pose as long as you can. Even a 10-minute hold or more, provide your hips the release that it needs on a whole new level.
Here’s how to do it:
- On your mat, put a bolster. If you do not own one, you can make use of maybe three or four yoga blankets stacked into a shape similar to a bolster.
- With your legs on the mat, position yourself in a child’s pose.
- Fold yourself forward very slowly, with your torso draping over the bolster.
- Spread your arms in front of you. Make sure they are gently resting on the floor.
- Depending on your comfort, position yourself on the bolster on each side with your face resting. Change positions after a while just so you do not get a crank in your neck.
Restorative Legs up the Wall Yoga
Also known as the Viparita Karani is another restorative pose, as it can be very rejuvenating for the legs after a time-consuming day especially if you have been standing.
Here’s how to do it:
- With a bolster prepared, place it to the right of the wall along the long part.
- Position yourself on the bolster with your side on the long part of the wall.
- Allow your hands to drop back to support you as you put your legs up against the wall.
- Carefully move your elbows down, then eventually your back. Allow yourself to relax your arms on your sides. Make sure that your rear stays firmly planted on the bolster giving you the impression of an inverted position.
- Stay in that position for 10 minutes or more, depending on your comfort. Curve your knees towards your chest. To get out of that pose, you can roll to your side.
Bridge Restorative pose
If you try to do backbends without any support, it can be a lot of work whereas lifeless backbends are the total opposite because it could be relaxing. Allowing your body to open up freely and slowly will give you a burst of calmness when you first try it.
Here’s how you do it:
- Using a block, position yourself in a bridge pose.
- Gently raise your hips and set the block right below your sacrum. Slowly lower your body and put your weight on the block with your body resting.
- If you are a first-timer, it’s better to put the block at its lowest height so as not to get hurt. If you are okay with the pressure, you can turn it over to its higher position.
- After 10 minutes, lift your hips and remove the block.