6 Ideal Restorative Yoga Poses for Managing Stress

Stress and Ache are inevitable elements of life – more like family members for a number of people. While surviving through a hectic and ambitious lifestyle, it is hard to completely block these two enemies from reaping into our lives. Moreover, there is always the question of ‘time’ and ‘effort’ for us to really leave the comfort of our premises and go the extra mile for any form of workout. And, so we get stuck along with the stress. However, not every solution requires you to put on a gear and step out for a rigorous workout. Symptoms of stress can be managed as well as eliminated with some time and within the comfort zone of your home.

Through the practice of Restorative Yoga Therapy, you can get rid of this stress while also restore the body to its full vitality. However, before we grope in to the various postures of Restorative Yoga therapy that can help eliminate or manage stress levels in our body, it is crucial to understand(not just experience) how does yoga help in assuaging this stress hormone:

  • Activates and simulates the nervous system.
  • Helps release feelings of apprehension, anxiety, pain and discomfort.
  • Eliminates toxin from the body.
  • Relieves muscles stiffness and releases tension caused due to emotional and physical strain.
  • Regulates oxygen flow
  • Deepens breathing
  • Stimulates circulation

Practice is ‘proof’. Now, that you are aware of the benefit of utilizing yoga therapy, try out some of the most ideal restorative yoga poses for managing stress and take your body and mind for a heavenly experience:

Balasana (Child Pose)

Recommended Prop: Bolster (Underneath the torso)

Surrender yourself into the ground and let go of any eased up tension in your shoulders, chest, abdomen and your waistline. Reset yourself and be devoid of any negative thoughts. Remain in the stillness of moment as you inhale and exhale. This pose is one of the most relaxing yoga poses along with being a highly recommended yoga asana for restoring posterior muscles and the back muscles.

For maximum effect, place a bolster or a pillow underneath your torso.

Viparita Karani (Legs up the Wall Pose)

Recommended Prop: Brick or Wooden Block (Underneath the lower back)

Let your heart muscles relax and delve into a comfortable rhythm. Lie on the ground and release the tension in legs and hips by seeking support of the wall – upside down. This position relieves cardiac muscles since the heart does not have to take additional strain of circulating blood downwards. For additional release in lower back, use a bolster underneath the lumbar spine.

Matsayasana (Fish Pose)

Recommended Prop: Bolster (Underneath the Lower back)

Inspire your heart to be expressive and at ease with the environment. Let your inner thighs, arms and back feel vulnerably relaxed and happy. Sink into this yoga asana for relieving stress in the body and for eliminating all the held tension in the heart.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Supported Bridge Pose)

Recommended Prop: Brick or Wooden Block (As a Support for the Spine)

This is an ideal yoga position for eliminating stress in the thighs, hip muscles, and lower back. For more simulating effect, let your back rest upon a wooden block or brick set in vertical position in support of torso.

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose)

Recommended Prop: Straps or Bolster, Block (Underneath the Thighs and elbows)

The ace of restorative yoga postures – Supta Baddha Konasana is an excellent pose for invoking peaceful thoughts while feeling physically relaxed from head to toe. For optimal approach, use a bolster underneath the thighs and support your arms with a couple of yoga blocks.

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Recommended Prop: Brick or Wooden Block (Below the Knees)

No yoga therapy is complete without this particular yoga pose. This pose is the ultimate technique to relax the entire body on both mental and physical levels. Submit to eternal calmness and tranquility as the body diminishes into a comfortable stillness.

Eliminate stress and improvise the quality of life with these absolutely revitalizing yoga poses. Emerge as a rejuvenated individual!

Shruti Singh

Shruti Singh is a creative writer, a blogger and a yoga enthusiast. She has been practicing yoga since a few years now. She has been a student of Rishikul Yogshala where she attended their yoga teaching training program. And she has not looked back ever since. She claims that yoga has spiritually inspired her. And, she wishes to inspire others by sharing her thoughts and insights on it.

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