A 60-Minute Restorative Yoga – Slow Down And Surrender

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A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. Held for 5 minutes or more, restorative poses include light twists, seated forward folds, and gentle back bends. Most restorative  practices are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.

Restorative Yoga Poses – Most of the people think that yoga is a very active practice. But it has its restorative and relaxing sides. Firstly, restorative poses were developed to relax and get rid of stress. These are easy poses that don’t need much effort. You will have to concentrate on mindfulness and relaxation, not on the poses. There are many Restorative Yoga Poses but I will present you the most relaxing ones, in my opinion.

  • Balasana (Child’s Pose).
  • Savasana (Corpse Pose).
  • Supta Badha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose).

These three of the most relaxing and Restorative Yoga Poses. I will continue this article with more poses and more benefits of practicing yoga daily. It is healthy and important to maintain the balance in our lives and get rid of the stress we meet everyday.

Need a break from sweaty vinyasa? These soothing tunes will help you sink into deep relaxation. Check back weekly for more of our fave yoga practice playlists.

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Balasana (Child’s Pose)

You have to kneel on the floor. Now touch your big toes together. Sit on your heels. Now separate your hips to become as wide as your hips. Now exhale and lay your chest between your thighs. So lay your hands on the floor with your palms up. Now release the fronts of your shoulders on the floor. You have to stay in this pose from 30 seconds to a few minutes. It will help you to stretch your hips, thighs and your ankles. Also, it can help you to calm your mind, relieve stress. It is also good against back and neck pain.

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

You have to sit on the floor with your knees bent. Put your feet on the floor and lean back. Rest your arms by your sides with the palms facing the sky. Close your eyes and breath. Stay in this position as long as it is comfortable. If you decide to come out of this pose, You have to roll to your right side. Now take 2 or 3 breaths and gently lift yourself back to the sitting position.

This pose is very important against stress and depression. It can calm our mind and relax our body. But it can also lower blood pressure, reduce headaches, fatigue and even insomnia.

Supta Badha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose)

This pose stimulates our abdominal organs. It also stimulates the heart and improves the blood circulation. It stretches the inner thighs and knees. Therefore, it can help us get rid of stress, depression menstrual and menopause pain.

Lay on your back. Put your soles together. Now slide your heels as close to the groin as it is comfortable for you. Put your arms at an angle of 45 degree to your torso, with palms facing to the sky. Every time you exhale, let the knees float to the ground. It will create a nice stretch between the inner thighs and groin. If you are done with the pose, just roll on the right side. Now prop yourself up to the sitting position.

What is the difference between yin and restorative yoga?

Both Yin and Restorative forms of yoga asana are slow-paced. They enable you to move slowly and focus on maybe 10 different poses for the entire 90 minute class. Both forms of practice calm the mind and nervous system, enable you to turn inward, and focus on the breath.

(Download the free Spotify software to listen to our playlists.) These soothing tunes will help you unwind from the work week and get centered. Focus on your breath as you settle into some restorative poses to fully reap this playlist’s benefits.

60-Minute Restorative Yoga Playlist

1. “Water Sign,” East Forest
2. “Limitations,” East Forest
3. “Where Is My Mind,” Maxence Cyrin
4. “To Build a Home,” The Cinematic Orchestra
5. “Waiting Around,” Aisha Badru
6. “Nomad,” Tor
7. “Snow Day,” Pete Kuzma
8. “Heartbeats,” Jose Gonzalez
9. “Feelin’ The Same Way,” Norah Jones
10. “Be Here Now,”  Ray LaMontagne
11. “Atlas Hands,” Benjamin Francis Leftwich
12. “Heart’s Content,” Brandi Carlile
13. “Holocene,” Bon Iver
14. “Familiar Ground,” The Cincematic Orchestra
15. “Sparks,” Coldplay

 

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