Try these 5 restorative yoga poses to relax your mind
It goes without saying that constant battles with anxiety, stress, and related issues can take a toll on your overall health and well-being. And if you too find yourselves in the clutches of such mental struggles, then trust yoga to help you out.
Whether it’s daily stress that’s taking a toll on you or whether you are struggling with your frazzled mind–practising some these yoga poses will calm your mind.
The Corpse Pose
This effective yoga pose will help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated as it emphasises on total relaxation by putting the body at ease. The rested state quietens your nervous system, helps to lower blood pressure and slows down the breathing.
- Lie down with your back on the floor. Place your arms by your side, with palms facing upwards. Place your legs a few inches apart.
- Close your eyes and breathe deeply as you pay attention to each body part.
- Stay in the position for 4 to 5 minutes.
This yoga pose not only helps in dealing with fatigue and anxiety but is also great for battling headaches, backaches, insomnia and more.
- Lie on your back with arms tucked on each side and knees bent at hip-width apart.
- Inhaling, stretch your arms towards your feet and lift your hips as you roll your spine.
- Try lifting yourself higher by pressing your shoulders and arms.
- Stay in the pose for four to six breaths, and then while exhaling, place your back on the floor.
This pose is very beneficial in calming the mind, easing any kind of stress and is also great for your lymphatic and nervous system.
- Sit with your knees kneeled on a yoga mat as you keep your weight on your heels.
- Slowly bend forward as you place your chest on your knees and your head on the ground.
- Hands tucked on the sides and palms facing up, stay in the pose for up to 4 to 5 breadths.
A great yoga pose to massage your spine and stretch the lower back, the cat pose also helps in calming the mind by relieving your stress.
- Position yourself on all fours on a yoga mat.
- Exhaling, tuck in your tummy towards your spine as you roll your spine towards the ceiling.
- Drop your head towards the ground but don’t rest the chin on the chest.
- Repeat a few more times.
Standing Forward Pose
Highly effective in stretching thighs, hips and hamstring muscles, the standing forward pose is also very fruitful in combating fatigue, stress and even symptoms of mild depression.
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
- Exhaling, bend forward as you press your head against your knees, and you place your palms flat on the ground.
- Hold the pose up to 5 to 6 breaths. Release the pose while inhaling as you come back to the standing position.