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Published on September 3rd, 2013 | by Catherine Tingey

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TOP 3 POSES FOR RELAXATION

TOP 3 POSES FOR RELAXATION

We’d all like a little more joyfulness in our lives, right?

Reconnecting with the stillness found in RESTORATIVE POSTURES is one of the best ways to re-set our bodies, relieve daily stress, and increase happiness.

There are so many poses to choose from  – here are my  TOP 3 FAVORITE POSES FOR RELAXATION.

Yoga - Catherine Tingey1- STANDING FORWARD BEND

This is a great pose to take throughout your day, especially if you spend many hours in a chair.

Stand with your feet touching or hip width apart, toes facing forward.

Bend forward from the hips and let your head and neck be heavy.

Keep your knees slightly bent. It’s OK if your hands don’t touch the floor.

Grasp opposite elbows and begin to sway slightly to the right, then left.

Breathe deeply and feel the backs of your legs opening.

While you’re swaying, allow gravity to wash over your back like a cascading waterfall, bringing you deeper into the pose.

 

Finally roll up slowly, one vertebra at a time, with the head last.

 

Finish by stretching the arms overhead, reaching the fingertips to the sky, and grounding down through the feet.

Yoga - Catherine Tingey2RECLINING BOUND ANGLE

This pose opens your heart and expands your chest, making it easier to breathe fully. It also relaxes the digestive organs, relieves PMS and calms the nervous system.

ALIGNMENT

In STAFF POSE (Dandasana), bring your knees to your chest and then gently open them left and right.

Bring the soles of the feet together. You can place pillows underneath the knees if they don’t reach the floor.

Lay back and relax the shoulders into the ground.

Open the palms to the sky.

Relax the jaw and all muscles in the face.

Breathe into the belly.

COMING OUT OF THE POSE

Using the hands, bring the knees together and gently straighten the legs.

Gently roll to the right side.

Pause for 5 breaths.

Press up to a seated position.

Yoga - Catherine Tingey3CORPSE POSE

In a warm, quiet room, lie on your back with your legs and arms slightly apart.

Open your shoulder blades along the floor.

Take a deep INHALE and hold the breath.

EXHALE the breath with the tongue stuck out.

Close your eyes and say to yourself, ‘I let go.’

Feel how heavy the back of your body is, while the front of your body opens.

Your mind will likely be filled with thoughts but continue to repeat silently, ‘I let go.’

Remain here for 5 minutes, then gently roll to your right side.

Pause for a couple of breaths, and gently press up to a seated position.

If you’re hungry for more, read 6 RELAXING POSES TO TRY AT H(OMMMM)E

Have a FAVORITE RESTORATIVE POSE? Leave a comment below!

 

 

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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