5 Yoga Poses that Promote Calm & Relaxation

May 26th, 2015

In today’s busy world, it’s hard to find time or ways to relax and recharge. Incorporating yoga into your daily routine is a great way to find your inner zen and recharge the body.


Here are a few simple poses that may help you release any bad juju and calm the mind:



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1. Child’s Pose (Balasana) is known as a restorative pose that reduces stress and anxiety. This is a beginner pose that should be held for about 5-10 breaths. Remember to relax any tension in your jaw and face muscles and create space between your shoulder blades as you breath.



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2.  Extended Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana) is a resting posture that stretches the shoulders and arms like Downward-Facing Dog. This pose allows you to lengthen the spine and shoulders, while incorporating the calming qualities of Child’s Pose. Hold this pose for 1-5 breaths and remember to keep your neck and shoulders relaxed.



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3.  Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana) is a meditative posture that helps to reduce stress and calm the mind. This is an easy beginner’s pose that you can hold for 5-10 breaths.

Modification: Use a strap, place around the balls of your feet and pull instead of reaching for your feet.



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4. Reclining Twist (Jathara Parivrrti) is a great pose for yogis at any level. This pose is excellent for relaxing the body and mind before going into corpse pose. It’s recommended to hold for about 1-5 breaths.



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5. Corpse Pose (Savasana) is about total surrender of body and mind, where you must lay flat on your back and free all your muscles of any tension. It is recommended to hold this pose for 3-10 minutes in order to encourage deep relaxation. Savasana calms the body and mind, dereases phentermine depression and helps to minimize anxiety/insomnia/headaches. If you feel any discomfort in your lower back, place a rolled up blanket underneath your knees for support. To maximize your relaxation experience, many people cover their eyes with a towel or eye cover.

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