4 Child’s Pose

Whether you’re doing regular Child’s pose or Extended Child’s pose, this one is very relaxing. It’s great for opening your hips, stretching your ankles, and releasing stress.

This is a great pose to stay in for longer periods of time since it does promote stress relief. It’s also one that’s great for you to do before bed.

It’s great for unwinding.

5 Legs Up The Wall

Ahhh. This one can be performed either with your butt pressed against the wall and your legs up the wall or with your butt on a block. Either way, this one is great for reversing the blood flow in your legs and helping restless leg.

It’s amazing to do this one before bedtime as well. It promotes a sense of relaxation and calm. And, it also quiets the mind at night.

6 Downward Facing Dog

Downard Facing Dog pose is a foundational pose in yoga. It’s one where you build strength and lengthen the muscles as you prepare to try intermediate or advanced moves.

You’ll develop shoulder strength and arm strength as you’re driving up through your back and down through your hips. And, it helps to release tension in your hamstrings and calves as you stay in the pose.

This pose is also great for focusing the mind.

7 Savasana Pose or Corpse Pose

At the end of every practice, we end with Savasana (corpse pose). This pose allows us to integrate everything we did in the practice and allows our body to rest.

It calms the brain, but can be one of the most challenging yoga poses you’ll practice. Many people tend to shortchange their Savasana or they skip it all together.

Don’t do this. Savasana is what allows our bodies to relax and rest after a yoga practice.

How Do You Get Started?

The best way to get started would be attending a yoga class for beginners. But, if you’re like me that’s not always possible.

That’s ok too. All you really need is space, a mat, and something to follow along with.

Here’s a yoga video that’s 20 minutes long and great for beginners.

 

source: balanceandlift.com

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