3 Yoga Poses for Relaxation

3 Yoga Poses for Relaxation

Take a deep breath and calm down with one of these soothing yoga moves.



Yoga is known as a powerful mood influencer. The right yoga routine can relax you when your mind is racing and you’re having a stressful day.

Some sleep specialists even suggest striking one of these poses to calm yourself down when you can’t sleep at night. Whatever the issue, whatever the time of day, try these relaxing yoga moves to smooth out a troubled mind and spirit.

Of course, be sure to consult with your physician before trying any new physical activity.

1. Child’s Pose
This pose is so wonderfully relaxing that it’s often used as a resting pose in yoga class.

  1. Kneel on your mat, and rest your body weight on your heels
  2. Slowly lower your upper body until it rests on your thighs
  3. Breathe deeply
  4. Reach forward with your arms for a nice shoulder stretch, or place them on the mat alongside your body
  5. Hold the pose 10 breaths or longer

Tip: If your head doesn’t rest comfortably on the floor, place a blanket or a yoga block under it so that you’re comfortable.

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2. Forward Bend
Backbends create energy, and forward bends chill you out. You can do a standing forward bend, dangling your arms toward your toes, or grasping the alternate elbow with each hand. For ultimate relaxation, try a forward bend sitting down.

  1. Sit on your mat with your legs straight in front of you
  2. Shift the weight of your body so you’re sitting directly on your butt-bones
  3. Slowly bend forward, reaching your arms along your legs
  4. Stretch and lower your head toward the mat
  5. Hold the pose 10 breaths or longer

Tip: Don’t worry about how far your arms reach. Some people can grab their calves, other people can grab their toes. It doesn’t matter. The position is just to stretch your body luxuriously.

3. Legs up the Wall
All inversions — headstands, handstands and the like — increase the blood supply to your brain. A gentle inversion like this one can be relaxing.

  1. Lie on your mat on your back with your rear against the wall
  2. Raise your legs, feet together, against the wall so that your body makes a letter “L”
  3. Put your arms straight out to the sides, or you may find it more restful to put them closer to your sides, either palms up or palms down
  4. Relax into the pose as you allow the wall to support your legs
  5. Hold the pose 10 breaths or longer

Do you have any yoga poses that help you relax? Share them with us in the comments.

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