Yoga for relaxation can be followed in multiple situations. Whether it is at the end of a lengthy yoga workout or when you cannot squeeze in enough time for a proper workout and just need to wind down at the end of a long day. A series of poses can be followed that help to calm the body and the spirit and relieve one of the stresses of daily life.
Ending every workout or a long work-day with the following poses is essential to ensure that one wakes up the following day with an abundance of energy and calm mind to go forth and make the most of that day.
1. Leg up the wall pose
This yoga pose is extremely benefical for relaxation and is quite simple as well. You can go about the following steps to perfect this asana.
a. Lie down against the eall, so that your hips are touching it.
b. Straighten your legs without raising your back.
c. Push your hands backwards and stay in that position for 10 seconds.
d. Bend your knees, relax for 10 seconds and repeat it 9 more times.
2. Supine twist
a. Lie flat on the floor with your hands stretched as shown in the image below.
b. Bend both your knees and twist them on your left side.
c. Turn your face on your right side.
d. Hold for 10 seconds and then slowly go the other way.
Note: A slight variation of this pose is to keep one leg straight and bend the other one over the straight leg. Press the bent leg with your hand so that the leg touches the floor.
3. Child’s pose
This is a fairly straightforward yoga pose that instills calm and relaxation to your body.
a. Sit on your knees
b. Try touching your hips with your heels while touching your head with the ground.
c. Stretch your hands over your head, as shown in the image below.
d. Hold for 8 seconds and come up slowly. Repeat the above steps 2 more times.
4. Corpse pose
While this asana requires neither strength nor flexibility, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and breath.
a. Lie down and spread your limbs as shown in the image below.
b. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing.
c. Be aware of your surroundings and continue this for 5 minutes.
5. Winding-down twist
a. Sit on the floor and keep your right knee bent on the floor while crossing your left knee over it.
b. The right arm should be over your left knee, as shown in the image.
c. Twist your torso to your left while taking supposrt from your left arm.
d. Repeat this on the other side and repeat the entire asana for 2 minutes.