Are you looking for some new restorative poses that offer the most support? If so, look no further! We have rounded up the four must-try restorative poses so you can give your body the best chance for optimal recovery and relaxation.
Legs Up the Wall Pose
The Legs Up the Wall Pose is a popular restorative yoga pose that is both relaxing and therapeutic. It’s great for winding down after practice, or simply to use as you unwind and relax. To perform this pose, you will need to start by lying on your right side and then extending your legs up against the wall. You can also place a bolster or blanket at the end of your mat, to prop up your legs as they are against the wall. Use the support of the wall and bolster to relax your legs and thighs into the floor. Take a few moments to adjust your body in the pose, and to find a comfortable position. You may wish to place a folded blanket or bolster underneath the lower back and lower body for added support. Remain in this pose for anywhere between 5 minutes to 10 minutes for optimum benefits.
Reclined Twist Pose
The Reclined Twist Pose is often called the wind-relieving pose, as the twist helps to relax the abdominal muscles and the spine, while providing a gentle massage to the abdominal organs. Additionally, it is effective in relieving digestive issues, as it helps to release any built-up gas or tension. To perform this pose, start by lying on your back with your legs extended out long. Place your arms out to the sides, and when ready, draw the right knee in towards your chest. Wrap the right arm around the right thigh and open the right knee to the left side of your body. You can remain in this pose for 5 breaths. To move out of the pose, keep your left leg bent and come back to center. To complete the twist, bring the right leg back to center, and then slowly extend both legs out long to come back to the original starting position.
Child’s Pose is an excellent way to deeply relax into an asana. The pose tends to be a common base pose and is used to transition between poses. It’s also a great pose to practice throughout a yoga practice, as it allows your body to relax, and gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles. To practice this pose, begin by kneeling on the floor. Place your big toes together and spread your knees mat-width apart. Exhale and rest your torso on your thighs. Rest your forehead on the mat and extend your arms out in front of you, pressing your palms into the floor. From here, relax your entire body into the floor. Remain in this pose for several breaths before releasing the pose and continuing with your practice.
Supported Forward Fold Pose
The Supported Forward Fold Pose is a great way to relax and stretch the hamstrings and lower back. The support of the prop or blanket allows you to deeply relax the body, while providing rest to the neck, head, and shoulders. To perform this pose, begin by folding your mat in half and placing the folded edge against a wall. Sit with your back against the wall and extend your legs straight out in front of you. Place a bolster or blanket at the end of your mat and rest your head onto it, as youfold forward from your hips. Remain in this pose for anywhere between 5 minutes to 10 minutes for optimum benefits.
Adding these restorative poses to your practice can help to stretch and relax your body. It’s also a