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Yoga Poses for Relaxation

Lauren Demenus

Sometimes in our high-paced, high-demand world we find ourselves burnt out, either near or at the breaking point. Abandoned without coping mechanisms, we feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety and struggle to suppress those emotions and continue on.

In this post, I want to focus on how yoga can help us find inner peace during moments of stress and anxiety. Yoga is an incredible tool to achieve physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Creating a simple, relaxation-focused routine will strengthen your emotional resources and provide a healthy way to decompress.

Find Your Breath in Easy Pose (Sukhasana)

This simple yoga posture is an excellent way to begin a yoga routine. Ground yourself in this seated position. With your knees wide, place each foot beneath the other knee. Focus on keeping your spine straight and your breath steady. Close your eyes, and breathe slowly, perhaps repeating a positive mantra to yourself. More experienced yoga practitioners may prefer to begin with Lotus Pose (Padmasana).

Open Your Body with the Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

As you feel your breath growing steadier and your heart rate declining, ease yourself back onto your mat into the Bound Angle Pose. You may rest your arms out from the sides of your body, palms up, fold them behind your head or stretch them above you. Press the bottoms of your feet together, bringing your knees to the ground as you exhale. This hip-opening pose improves circulation and encourages deep relaxation. Close your eyes, inhaling positivity and exhaling stress.

Release Your Tension in Reclining Fish Pose (Supta Matsyendrasana)

This rejuvenating, detoxifying pose improves spinal flexibility and eases lower back, spine and hip pain. Adding this gentle stretch to your relaxation routine will relieve tension that builds up due to stress. To perform it, lie back on your mat and engage your core. Breathe in. Bend your right leg and pull it up towards your chest, and as you exhale draw your knee across the left side of your body. Rest your left hand on your right knee, and stretch your right arm to the side at shoulder height, palm up. Breathe deeply, and repeat your relaxation mantra.

Rediscover a Sense of Safety in Child's Pose (Balasana)

The ultimate relaxation position, this restful pose gently stretches your spine while restoring a sense of security. To perform this pose, kneel on the floor, sitting on your heels. Ease your body forward, laying your torso between your thighs with your hands stretched forward. Stay in this position as long as you need, allowing yourself to completely release the tension and anxiety that has been plaguing you.

Decompress from the Day in Corpse Pose (Savasana)

The final pose in this relaxation routine is the simplest. To perform corpse pose, simply lie flat on your back on your yoga mat, arms and legs gently spread. Feel free to close your eyes, or cover them with a restorative lavender flax eye pillow for deep relaxation. Breathe deeply, in and out, imagining that you are filling yourself with a warm, revitalizing light.

I encourage you to make your yoga routine a special ritual for yourself, even if it's only five or ten minutes of your day. Light a favorite candle, play some relaxing music, roll some soothing lavender oil over your temples and give yourself permission to relax.

Love + Light