I love restorative yoga because it feels so good, and literally anyone can do it. These restful, supportive poses help your body relax, and activate your own internal healing system. Here are 7 easy restorative yoga poses you can try anytime:
1. Legs up the Wall
Legs up the wall pose is so relaxing and easy for anyone to try. We spend all day on our feet so why not give them a break? Legs up the wall will help relieve lower back pain, encourage venous drainage in the legs, reduce swelling in the feet and ankles, and relax the nervous system.
2. Child's Pose
Not only is this pose a great release for your back, it's also a great release for your ego. It's an opportunity to surrender, let go, and let the earth support you. In life, just as in yoga class, it's ok to take child's pose whenever you need a breather. Remember - no matter what your age, we are all children in the eyes of Goddess. 😉🧚🌎⠀
3. Supine Twist
Supine Twist is one of my favorite postures because it feels sooo good! It’s an amazing release for the lower back, it elongates the spine, and improves digestion by giving your intestines a good squeeze. Make sure to do it on both sides to stay balanced.
4. Supta Baddha Konasana
Another one of my favorite poses - this is a great stretch that opens up the inner thighs and groin. It also benefits the lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder, ovaries, and prostate gland. Rest one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly. Feel your hands rise and fall with each breath. Can you imagine a taste of heaven on earth? ⠀
5. Ragdoll Pose
Ragdoll pose is a gentle forward bend that stretches your whole back body, from your calves to your hamstrings, your back, neck and shoulders. Bend your knees slightly and let your belly hang on your thighs. Release your neck and let your head hang heavy forward. Take slow, deep breaths and enjoy this amazing stretch.
6. Supported Bridge Pose
Supported Bridge Pose is a yummy and relaxing heart opener. Backbends open up the chest area, helping you take deeper breaths and opening the heart chakra. This pose improves circulation and helps bring blood flow to the thyroid gland. Give it a try and see if it doesn’t make you feel more open-hearted.
In the words of comedian Ali Wong “I don’t want to lean in. I wanna LIE DOWN!” The sweetest pose of all, don’t underestimate the power of Savasana. When we relax completely, it tells our body that we are safe, that we can devote our resources to healing and repair. Be sure to give yourself time to rest and restore this weekend, even if only for 5 minutes.