Restorative yoga – What Is It And How To Practice It?

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Do you feel stressed out often? Well, you don’t have to worry anymore. StyleCraze has brought to you the best-in-class restorative yoga poses to help you effectively tackle daily stress-related problems. There are specific asanas that help in restoring and maintaining good health. These poses have the ability to nurture your mind, body and soul. Some yoga poses help to relax your body parts and your central nervous system.

Restorative Yoga Poses

Follow the asanas below and get started with restorative yoga at home.

1. Balasana:

  1. Sit in Vajrasana position. For Vajrasana, kneel down on the floor in such a way that the upper part of your feet touches the ground. Your ankles, knees and big toes are placed parallel to each other. They should also touch the ground. Place your hands on your knees. This is known as Vajrasana.
  2. Now, exhale deeply and completely. Lean in the forward direction till your forehead touches the floor. This position is also termed as ‘the shoulder opener’.
  3. Place your hands beside your head in a relaxed position. You can even slide them forwards, ahead of your head. This final pose is known as Balasana.

2. Padmasana:

  1. Sit upright with your legs crossed. Your left foot should rest on your right thigh and your right foot should rest on your left thigh.
  2. Close your eyes. Inhale deeply and completely. Relax your mind and body. Focus on your breathing.
  3. Practice this asana for 10 minutes initially and then gradually increase the duration.
  4. Relax.

3. Tadasana:

  1. Stand on the floor. Your feet, big toes and heels should touch each other.
  2. Rest your palms on whichever side of the body is comfortable for you.
  3. Inhale deeply, completely and slowly. Lift up your hands. Bring them in front of your chest.
  4. Join your palms together in prayer position. This position, in yoga terms, is known as ‘Anjali mudra’.
  5. Lift up your body a little.
  6. Try to bring your body on your toes. Maintain your balance. Try to remain steady.
  7. Close your eyes. Try to concentrate to the fullest and hold on to your pose.
  8. Exhale slowly and steadily.
  9. Shift your weight on both the legs and return back to the normal state.
  10. Practice this asana for 10-15 minutes every day for best results.

4. Viparta Karani:

  1. Keep a pillow or a cushion a few centimeters away from the wall.
  2. Sit down on the ground towards the right end of the pillow. Position the right side of your body towards the wall.
  3. Inhale and exhale.
  4. Move your legs upwards and rest them against the wall. Do not give any kind of strain to your legs.
  5. Lower your back. Rest it on the floor.
  6. Place your body in such a way that your hips rest on the pillow (You can do it manually).
  7. Keep your legs in a straight line. Do not bend them from the knees. If they slide down, position them again as many times as needed. Try to keep them intact. Concentrate on your position.
  8. Try to be steady in this pose. Close your eyes. Relax your body.
  9. Place your hands down on the floor or on the stomach. Relax them too.
  10. Stay in this position for about 30 seconds.
  11. Release your body from this pose.

5. Shavasana/ Corpse pose:

  1. Lie down on a yoga mat in a supine position.
  2. Extend your feet apart at a comfortable distance.
  3. Rest your arms along your body with your palms (hands) facing the ceiling, upwards.
  4. Close your eyes. Inhale slowly and deeply. Allow your body to relax completely.
  5. Breathe open-mindedly. Watch your breath as you inhale and exhale. Remember: this is the reason why you are alive. Focus on your breathing and on the way you inhale and then exhale.
  6. Do not let any thoughts enter your mind. Create an imaginary obstacle in your mind and let your thoughts stop there. All you need to focus on here are – your breathing and your body.
  7. Remain steady for about 15 minutes. Slowly gain consciousness and feel the environment around you.
  8. Relax. Release from Shavasana.
  9. Get up and sit in a cross-legged position.
  10. Get back to your routine. Here ends your restorative yoga session.

Are you feeling energetic after this restorative yoga practice? You will definitely feel light, happy, and relaxed after this session. Feel the happiness inside you and let it surround you in your everyday life!

Enjoy the amazing benefits of restorative yoga. Feel free to share your feed back in the comment section below!

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