Restorative Yoga Poses

Do you experience tension in your hamstrings, hips or all over in your head from hustling all through the day? Don’t worry! There are ways you can reclaim calmness and reset your whole body and mind with just some “me time” and in just a few simple steps.

Below, we’ll review different restorative yoga poses to help you calm down and ease stress in the mind and body. So what are you waiting for? Grab few pillows, some yoga bolsters, towels and of course, your yoga mat and get ready to unwind with these simple poses.

Easy Restorative Yoga Pose That Will Melt Down Stress

Supported Child’s Pose

This pose is so easy but absolutely beautiful. It can totally reset your entire being. You will definitely feel like you have just pushed the reset button. This can help completely release the negativity in your body and welcome in the positive. An added bonus with this yoga pose is that it can gently massage your abdominal organs to help you improve your digestion.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Sit on your heels and at the same time spread your knees about hip-width apart or even a little bit wider; your big toes should also be touching.
  • Place a bolster in front of you, if you don’t have a bolster, you can also use folded blankets or pillow. This should be firm and high enough to support you.
  • Next, lean forward, resting your torso on the bolster. Turn your head to one side while draping your arms over sides.
  • Completely relax in this position and keep your eyes close. Just let things go, release your shoulders and surrender your hips. Stay in this position for five minutes.

Supported Heart Opener

When you set this up properly and give it the right amount of time to experience, I’m sure you will feel like you’re in heaven.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Use a bolster to provide support to your entire back. This should encourage your shoulders and heart to be vulnerable and open up.
  • Allow your hips to soften and expand outwards so it will support your knees.
  • Place a folded blanket under your head to create length in your neck.
  • Take at least three rounds of cleansing breathes and then settle in for ten minutes or more.
  • If you want to take things into another level, you can place an eye mask to get rid of any distractions and be even more drawn inward.

Supported Reclining Bound Angle Pose

This amazing yoga pose will help you create a sense of calm by opening up your back, hips and pelvic area as well as stretching your inner thigh. As a result, the pose will create a sense of calm.

Here’s how to do it:

  • You will still need a bolster for this one, but this time you need to set it up in a steeper incline.
  • Start by sitting on the floor and bringing your lower back to the bolster’s low edge. Get another bolster which you should place horizontally under your knees.
  • Put your hands on the bolster that’s an incline behind you and open up your chest. Proceed by lying back on the bolster.
  • Bring together the soles of your feet and allow your knees to drop out to the sides.
  • Now, you will need to create a swaddle. You can do this by straightening out your arms in front of you, then drape over a blanket that has been folded into half and envelop it so your torso will be swaddled.
  • Stay in this position for ten or more minutes. If you want to break from this position, free your arms first, then bring the legs together by using the hands found on the outer knees. Start rolling to your right side and until you came up to sitting position.

Legs Up

You might be thinking right now, “What’s so special with this pose? Is this even helpful at all?”

Well, you should not underestimate putting your legs up against the wall or in the air. Though this pose may look pointless to you, it is actually not. With this pose, you will feel a neutral sensation in your pelvis which means you can let that compression in your back go. A lot of us grip into our lower back area, especially when we are using our muscles inefficiently, this makes legs up the best restorative posture to feel relieved

Supine Spinal Twist

Here’s another so simple pose, yet very satisfying. It’s one of the most effective ways to restore both the body and the mind.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Begin by bending one knee and crossing it over the body to the outside of the opposite leg.
  • Add a little pressure with your hand on the bent knee by pushing it down towards the floor.
  • Keep your shoulders square and rooted to the floor while extending your opposite hand and gaze toward your hand.
  • If you want a deeper stretch, begin straightening your bent knee.
  • As you gently stretch your lower back, you will feel the opening across your chest and shoulder which will release the built-up tension as well as emotions and stress. You will also be able to create a space along the side of your body which will serve as a channel to welcome the new and at the same time let go of the old.

Final Thought

I must say these restorative yoga poses are heaven sent. It will help you melt away the stress, ease the tension and when you do it regularly, it could even help you lose that stubborn belly fat. Doesn’t that sound amazing?