Poses for Slowing Down & Relaxation

This month on the blog we are focusing on ways in which we can slow down and reflect through yoga and meditation.  Today we will focus on yoga poses specifically. 

Generally speaking, Restorative yoga and Yin yoga are both excellent to help you slow down, relax, and reflect.  Beyond taking one of those classes, here are a selection of poses you can practice independent of group class.  Consider them part of your personal tool box.

And whether you make this list of poses into an independent practice or pick and choose only a few poses to help you in a pinch, these poses are a gold mine when it comes to helping your body and mind slow down, let go, relax, and allow time for some reflection.  Enjoy.  Namaste.

Mountain pose (Tadasana)

Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

Child’s pose (Balasana)

Cat/Cow (Bitilasana/Marjaryasana)

Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana)

Reclining Baddha Konasana (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Legs Up the Wall pose (Viparita Karani)

Happy Baby (Ananda Balasana)

Corpse pose (Savasana)

A few important notes:

  1. How long you stay in each pose is up to you, but the longer you stay in each pose the more your body can slow down.  Set a timer or stay in the poses until your body feels complete in that pose, your choice.
  2. Feel free to use poses to help your body relax fully into each pose. The more relaxed the body is, the more it can slow down.

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