In a hectic and busy lifestyle, using yoga for relaxation is the best thing you can do. Yoga can help your body to rejuvenate, calm, soothe and relax.
Here are top 5 yoga poses to make you feel more relax after a hectic and stressful day. You can perform these yoga poses before going to bed or in the early morning. It won’t take more than 15-20 minutes for you to practice these asanas.
Balasana, also called the Child’s Pose, is a resting pose that helps to alleviate stress and fatigue. It also keeps the mind cool and calm.
Follow the following steps to practice Balasana:
- Kneel down and touch the toes to each other while you sit down on your heels
- Carry on breathing out and bend frontward gradually. Subsequently put your chest between your thighs
- Stretch the arms forward with the palms on the floor
- Try to press your abdomen against the floor and the chest against your thighs
- Continue to breathe deeper and slowly
- Hold the pose for 10-15seconds
- Next, gradually return to the first position
Supta Matsyendrasana, also known as Reclined Spinal Twist, relaxes mind as well as body.
Follow the following steps to practice Supta Matsyendrasana:
- Lie down on your back and breathe out while smoothly pressing the lower back on the bottom
- After that contract your abdominal muscles, breathe in and then bend your knees as you raise the feet off the ground
- Breathe out, and stretch your arms perpendicular to your body
- Now bring the knees and feet together and then while inhaling, raise your feet slightly above than the knees
- Breathe out and lower the legs to your left side
- Next, turn your head lightly while breathing slowly but deeply. Remember to root down the right shoulder in a way that it capable you to uphold a twist in your upper spine
- Try to hold the pose as long as you can
- Now to release the pose, press your hands against the floor contract the muscles in the belly. Then inhale and raise your upper body and the knees over the chest and hold them
- Again breathe out, release this pose very slowly
- Repeat this pose 2-3 times
Viparita Karani, widely known as Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose too, is a soothing pose. It facilitates the blood circulation to every part of the body. Interestingly, it is said that Viparita Karani has the ability to relieve any ailment. Well we don’t know about that for sure but it is definitely an invigorating yoga pose.
Follow the following steps to practice Viparita Karani:
- Breathe out and lie on your back near a wall such that your legs press against the wall and the feet face upwards
- Remember that your upper body should stay on the floor in way that your body will look like a right angle
- Now raise your hips with the help of your hands or you can just use any prop to provide the support
- Try to keep your upper body immovable unlike the lower body
- Next, shut your eyes and take breaths
- Hold this position for at least 3-5 minutes
- Slowly release the pose and turn over to any side then take some breaths and sit
Makarasana, also known as Crocodile Pose, is among the best poses in yoga for relaxation. It also releases the tension in the arms and the shoulders.
Follow the subsequent steps to practice Makarasana:
- First of all, lie down on your abdomen
- Next, fold both the hands and ensure keep the tips of the elbows on the floor with your fingers facing up.
- Now lift your head and shoulders while looking ahead and keeping the neck straight
- Slightly bend your head and position the chin in your palms
- Afterwards, stretch your legs out and make sure the remaining body contacts the floor
- Keep breathing slowly and let your muscles relax
- Try to hold the pose as long as you can and then gradually release the pose
Savasana, popularly known as the corpse pose, is a relaxation pose. Besides, it is amongst the finest poses to alleviate stress, anxiety, and fatigue. It relaxes the muscles and is usually practiced towards the end of a yoga session.
Follow the subsequent steps to practice Savasana:
- Begin with lying down on your back while keeping a few inches distance between the legs
- Next, keep your arms alongside your body, and ensure both the palms are facing up
- Now be completely relaxed and calm
- Then, shut your eyes and take deep breaths but slowly
- Now try to focus on every region of your body from head to toe. It implies that you are knowingly providing relaxation to the body
- Believe and feel that your body is calm and relaxed
- As soon as you feel relaxed, release the pose
The abovementioned poses are among the best in yoga for relaxation. Regular practice if these poses will definitely help you to relax you physically as well as mentally. However if you feel any difficulty in practicing yoga on your own, you can join a yoga studio for regular or weekend classes. Or you can join a yoga teacher training to learn all about yoga so that you can practice on your own and can help others too.