Relaxation yoga poses

by | Oct 1, 2017 | Poses | 0 comments

Relaxation yoga poses

There are several poses that are considered relaxation yoga poses or resting poses in yoga. Some you make wonder how in the world that is considered a relaxation pose and others you will be so relaxed that you won’t want to get out of the pose.

Half tortoise pose is one of the 26 postures of Bikram yoga. This is similar to child’s pose which is the one we prefer.

These are important postures. It is recommended that you go into child’s pose during class if you feel dizzy or lightheaded, or just need a short break. If you need to leave the hot room please do, your health comes first.

Child’s Pose
(Mudhasana, Balasana)

We definitely find child’s pose relaxing. It also helps to clear your mind. We find our monkey brain calms better in child’s pose than in corpse pose at the end of class as our mind is already jumping to the next thing on our to do list at that point.

How to do Child’s pose

  1. Sitting on your knees, sit back on your heels with your big toes touching and knees spread apart about as wide as your hips. For a deeper hip stretch you can take your knees a little wider apart.
  2. Inhale and raise your arms up to lengthen your spine.
  3. As you exhale bend forward so that your torso is between your thighs and walk your arms in front of you, actively pressing your palms to the earth, fingers spread. Bend forward with the intent to rest your forehead on your mat.
  4. You may walk your hands further out as you feel the stretch or you may rest your arms by your side facing up near your feet to increase relaxation.
  5. Take some nice deep relaxing breaths.

Half-Tortoise Pose
(Ardha Kurmasana)

Half-Tortoise is part of the 26 Bikram poses. It is set toward the end of the hot yoga session to allow for a nice stretch to the back and as a relaxation yoga pose it will also allow your body to rest and let your heart rate return to a more normal level.

Difference between Half-Tortoise and Child’s pose

In half- tortoise pose you start on your knees in diamond pose and rest your buttocks on your heels. Here you will have your knees together rather than spread apart like child’s pose.

Benefits of relaxation yoga poses

Both the these relaxation yoga poses can help relieve back pain as they stretch and lengthens the spine.

They help to stretch the shoulders and neck, especially if you leave your arms stretched out in front of you.

They compresses your diaphragm stimulating calming respiration. By focusing on your breath and looking inward these poses promote relaxation.

By practicing these postures in the morning you can help to clear your mind for the day.

Practicing these posture in the evening has been reported to help improve sleep.

These relaxation poses do relieve stress. We find ourselves on the floor for a few minutes in the middle of a hectic work day. That few minutes of stretching not only helps stretch out our back and shoulders after sitting at a computer but also the deep slow breaths clear our mind and we feel refreshed when we get back to work.

 

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